Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,922 tons
Completed1925 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerNederlandsche Stoomvaart Mij ´Oceaan´, Amsterdam 
Date of attack27 Nov 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-176 (Reiner Dierksen)
Position9° 01'N, 25° 38'W - Grid ES 1659
Complement81 (1 dead and 80 survivors).
ConvoyON-145 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (8 Nov) - Freetown 
Cargo8657 tons of military stores, including 1500 tons of ammunition 
History Completed in February 1925 
Notes on event

At 04.54 hours on 27 Nov 1942 the unescorted Polydorus (Master H. Brouwer), dispersed from convoy ON-145 on 15 November, was hit by two torpedoes from U-176 northwest of Freetown and sank after a huge explosion at 05.03 hours. The U-boat had missed with six torpedoes during a chase lasting 50 hours, the longest recorded pursuit by a U-boat in the Second World War. The master, 66 crew members, eleven gunners and two passengers abandoned ship in four lifeboats immediately after the hits, but one Chinese crewman died in an accident while lowering the boats. The survivors were picked up by the Spanish steam merchant Eolo (Master Urgelles) and landed on 5 December at Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

On boardWe have details of 81 people who were on board

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