Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Olinda under her former name Kennemerland. Photo courtesy of

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,053 tons
Completed1905 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCia de Carbonífera Rio Grandese, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack18 Feb 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position37° 30'N, 75° 00'W - Grid CA 5817
Complement46 (0 dead and 46 survivors).
RoutePernambuco - St. Lucia - New York 
Cargo53.400 bags of cocoa and other food stuff like coffee and castor beans 
History Completed in December 1905 as British Cara for Cara SS Co Ltd (Japp & Kirby), Liverpool. 1912 sold to Netherlands and renamed Kennemerland for Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd, Amsterdam. 1934 sold to Brazil and renamed Olinda.  
Notes on event

At 18.07 hours on 18 Feb 1942 the neutral Olinda (Master Jacob Benemond) was stopped by U-432 off Cape Hatteras with a shot across her bow. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and was questioned by the Germans. The vessel was shelled and finally sunk with a coup de grâce at 21.00 hours. The survivors were picked up the next day by USS Dallas (DD 199).

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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