Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,049 tons
Completed1916 - NV Scheepswerf v/h Bonn & Mees, Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV (W. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam 
Date of attack30 Jul 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-371 (Heinrich Driver)
Position35° 19'N, 23° 53'W - Grid CF 7945
Complement77 (14 dead and 63 survivors).
ConvoyOS-1 (dispersed)
RouteLondon (14 Jul) - Oban (21 Jul) - Capetown - Tuticorin - Colombo - Trincomalee - Calcutta 
Cargo3545 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in November 1916 
Notes on event

At 02.46 hours on 30 July 1941 the unescorted Sitoebondo (Master Antonie Verhoef), dispersed from convoy OS-1, was hit by a torpedo from U-371 southeast of the Azores, after they had witnessed the sinking of Shahristan about one hour earlier by the same U-boat. She sank after being hit by two coups de grĂ¢ce at 02.54 and 03.37 hours. The 71 crew members and six passengers had abandoned ship in three lifeboats after the first hit when the ship settled by the stern. The occupants of two boats were picked up by the Spanish tanker Campeche the next day. Two crew members on a raft were rescued by the Spanish tanker Campero after about six days. The third boat with twelve crew members and two passengers was never found.

On boardWe have details of 77 people who were on board

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