Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,968 tons
Completed1925 - Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel 
OwnerNV Petroleum Industrie Mij, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack27 Aug 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-511 (Friedrich Steinhoff)
Position18° 09'N, 74° 38'W - Grid EC 1299
Complement48 (10 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteWillemstad, Curaçao (25 Aug) - London 
Cargo11,364 tons of gasoline 
History Completed in October 1925. On 15 Mar 1942, the Rotterdam picked up 57 survivors from the British steam merchant Daytonian and landed them at Nassau later that day. The ship had been sunk two days earlier by the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli (Fecia di Cossato) about 200 miles northeast of Nassau in position 26°33N/74°43W. 
Notes on event

At 06.29 hours on 27 August 1942, U-511 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy TAW-15 about 120 miles south-southeast of Guantanamo and claimed two ships with 17,000 grt sunk and another damaged. The San Fabian and Rotterdam were sunk and the Esso Aruba was damaged.

The Rotterdam (Master Willem de Raat) was struck on the port side near the engine room and immediately began to settle by the stern. The survivors abandoned the ship in lifeboats and were picked up by USS SC-522.

On boardWe have details of 48 people who were on board

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