Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,666 tons
Completed1918 - A. Vuijk & Zonen, Capelle an der Ijssel 
OwnerNV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam 
Date of attack12 Apr 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-563 (Götz von Hartmann)
Position54° 30'N, 30° 30'W - Grid AK 6721
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteHalifax (4 Apr) - Avonmouth 
Cargo3372 tons of general cargo and government stores, including 800 tons of ammunition 
History Completed in February 1918 
Notes on event

Between 04.38 and 04.46 hours on 12 April 1943 U-563 fired five torpedoes at convoy HX-232 about 550 miles east-southeast of Cape Farewell and reported three ships sunk and one damaged. The Pacific Grove and Ulysses were sunk and the Fresno City was damaged (later finished off by U-706 (Zitzewitz)).

The Ulysses (Master Hendrik Jonkman) in station #104 was hit on starboard side in the foreship by one T-3 torpedo and sank by the bow within 7 minutes. The master, 34 crew members and six British gunners (the ship was armed with one 4in and five machine guns) abandoned ship in two lifeboats in fine weather with a heavy swell and was picked up about five hours later by HMS Azalea (K 25) (Lt G.C. Geddes, RNR) and landed at Gourock on 17 April.

On boardWe have details of 21 people who were on board

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