Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage695 tons
Completed1937 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerNV Hollandsche Stoomboot Mij, Amsterdam 
Date of attack2 Mar 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-17 (Udo Behrens)
Position51° 36'N, 2° 54'E - Grid AN 8753
Complement12 (12 dead - no survivors)
RouteLondon (2 Mar) - Amsterdam 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in August 1937 
Notes on event

At 21.59 hours on 2 March 1940, U-17 fired a torpedo at a ship reported as a full loaden tanker of estimated 9000 grt from a distance of 1200 metres. The ship was hit in the bow and sank within five minutes. This must have been the Rijnstroom (Master L. Verhoef), which had been reported missing after leaving The Downs on 2 March. Only a capsized lifeboat, some lifebuoys, deckplanks and part of the cargo were later found adrift. A Dutch ship also picked up an empty raft.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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