Dutch Motor merchant
|Completed||1927 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg|
|Owner||Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV (W. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam|
|Date of attack||23 May 1941||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||09.50N, 17.50W - Grid ET 2178|
|Complement||62 (3 dead and 59 survivors).|
|Route||Hull - Liverpool (2 May) - Freetown - Turkey/Greece|
|Cargo||7200 tons of general cargo, including tinplates, locomotives and aircraft|
|History||Completed in August 1927 as German Rheinland for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg. On 10 May, 1940, seized by the Netherlands in Padang, Sumatra and renamed Berhala. |
|Notes on loss|
At 19.51 hours on 23 May, 1941, the Berhala (Master L.J. Tymons), dispersed from convoy OB-318 on 11 May, was hit on the port side in the engine room by one torpedo from U-38, killing the third engineer J. Brons, the fifth engineer Manuhutu and the donkeyman 1st class Chan Kau. The port lifeboat was destroyed and immediately after the hit Chinese crew members cut through the ropes of the other lifeboat and rowed away in it. At 20.20 hours a second torpedo struck the vessel and the remaining crew members had to jump overboard, because the ship sank within eight minutes about 250 miles off Freetown. Shortly after the sinking, the survivors were picked up by a British warship and taken to Freetown.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 4 people who were on this vessel|
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