Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,802 tons
Completed1921 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerNV Gebr. van Uden’s Scheepvaart en Agentur Mij, Rotterdam 
Date of attack6 Jun 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-43 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position49° 25'N, 40° 54'W - Grid BC 3486
Complement34 (24 dead and 10 survivors).
ConvoyOB-328 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (29 May) - St. Lawrence 
History Completed in January 1921 
Notes on event

At 20.24 hours on 6 June 1941 the Yselhaven (Master M.P. de Waard), dispersed from convoy OB-328 on 2 June, was hit by two torpedoes from U-43 and sank within two minutes about 600 miles east of Newfoundland. The master and eight crew members were lost. The remaining crew members abandoned ship in two lifeboats, but one of them with 15 occupants was never seen again. The other boat with 10 men under command of the first mate A. Boutkan set sail for Cape Race but was hit by a gale, so they had to lower the mast and dropped a sea anchor. On 15 June, the survivors were picked up by the Finnish steam merchant Hammarland and taken to Norfolk, Virginia.

On boardWe have details of 34 people who were on board

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