Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,771 tons
Completed1921 - NV Werf Gusto v/h Firma A.F. Smulders, Schiedam 
OwnerSovtorgflot, Moscow 
Date of attack27 Aug 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateDamaged by U-354 (Karl-Heinz Herbschleb)
Position75° 15'N, 84° 30'E - Grid AS 2722
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
History Completed in August 1921 as Dutch Ijsseldijk for Solleveld, v.d. Meer & T.H. van Hattum’s Stoomvaart Mij, Rotterdam. 1930 renamed Minnewater for NV Stoomvaart Mij Nederlandsche Lloyd, Rotterdam. 1935 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Petrovskij.

1970 deleted from Lloyds Register. 
Notes on event

At 20.21 hours on 27 Aug 1943, U-354 fired a single torpedo at a Soviet convoy consisting of four merchants and two patrol boats and heard a detonation after 1 minute 55 seconds and two further detonations five minutes after firing a spread of three torpedoes at 20.22 hours. The U-boat saw after the attack only two merchants and one escort and claimed the sinking of two ships. In fact, the Petrovskij was only damaged.


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