Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,237 tons
Completed1929 - A. Vuijk & Zonen, Capelle an der Ijssel 
OwnerStoomvaart Mij Oostzee NV (Vinke & Co), Amsterdam 
Date of attack7 Dec 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position52° 11'N, 22° 56'W - Grid AL 8473
Complement31 (16 dead and 15 survivors).
ConvoyOB-252 (straggler)
RouteBlyth - Oban - Buenos Aires 
History Completed in April 1929 
Notes on event

At 22.39 hours on 7 Dec 1940, U-99 fired a torpedo at the Farmsum (Master B. Jansma), a straggler from convoy OB-252, in heavy seas. The torpedo was a surface-runner and struck the ship above the waterline at the stern, blowing the stern gun overboard. A second torpedo was fired on the bow of the ship but also struck the stern. The next torpedo hit amidships and caused the ship to sink within three minutes. 19 survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats and were eventually picked up by HMS Ambuscade (D 38) (LtCdr R.A. Fell, RN) with severe signs of frostbite, four of them died.

On boardWe have details of 31 people who were on board

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