Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,965 tons
Completed1917 - A. Vuijk & Zonen, Capelle an der Ijssel 
OwnerNV Houtvaart (Vinke & Co), Rotterdam 
Date of attack7 Mar 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position51° 45'N, 3° 05'E - Grid AN 8734
Complement22 (22 dead - no survivors)
RouteRotterdam (6 Mar) - Lobito 
History Completed in March 1917 as Graakallen for Rederi A/S Orkla (N.E. Linander), Trondheim. 1918 sold to the Netherlands and renamed Vecht
Notes on event

At 04.30 hours on 7 March 1940 the unescorted and neutral Vecht (Master P. Smit) was hit aft by one G7a torpedo from U-14, settled by the stern and sank after 20 minutes in 51°42,3N/03°14,5E. The U-boat had spotted the ship three hours earlier, but reported that she carried no neutrality markings.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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