Allied Warships

HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)

Sloop of the Van Kinsbergen class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
ClassVan Kinsbergen 
PennantU 93 
Built byRotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, (Rotterdam , Holland) 
Ordered10 Dec 1936 
Laid down11 Sep 1937 
Launched5 Jan 1939 
Commissioned24 Aug 1939 
End service29 May 1959 

Decommissioned on 29 May 1959.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 19 May 1974.

For this ship's service record see this website (offsite link).


Commands listed for HNMS Van Kinsbergen (U 93)

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1kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) John Louis Karel Hoeke, RNN29 Aug 193918 Aug 1941
2kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Cornelis Hellingman, DSO, RNN18 Aug 194126 Apr 1943
3kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Johannes Jacobus Lukas Willinge, RNN26 Apr 194319 Aug 1943
4kapitein ter zee (Capt.) Jan August Gauw, RNN19 Aug 194320 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Van Kinsbergen include:

14 Oct 1939
HrMs O 20 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Bussemaker, RNN) and HrMs O 15 (Lt. H.M.L.F.E. van Oostrom Soede, RNN) and their escort HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores.

20 Aug 1940
On 20 August 1940 observers from the US Navy attended a demonstration of the Bofors 40 mm AA gun in the triaxial twin-mount Hazemeyer configuration aboard the Van Kinsbergen. The performance convinced them to adopt the gun as US Navy standard. (1)

27 Sep 1940
In the evening, HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN), fuelled from the chartered tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off Castries, St. Lucia.

HMS Caradoc then departed to patrol 100 miles to the east of Martinique with the Dutch sloop HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) to intercept the Vichy-French transport Mont Agel (4572 GRT, built 1920).

The Vichy-French ship was however not sighted as it first had proceeded to Guadaloupe and then to the east into the Atlantic. (2)

11 Dec 1940
HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) intercepts the German merchant vessel Rhein (6031 GRT, built 1926) west of the Florida Strait in position 24°55'N, 83°15'W. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her own crew. The wreck is sunk later that day by the HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN).

18 Mar 1941
HMS Caradoc (Capt. J.S. Bethell, RN) departed Kingston, Jamaica to relieve HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke, RNN) on patrol off Cartagena, Colombia.

HMS Caradoc took over the patrol duties in the afternoon of the following day. (3)

28 Oct 1941
Around 0900Q/28, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Circassia (A/Capt. E.V. Lees, RN) and the sloop HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. C. Hellingman, RNN) departed Trinidad to patrol in the North Atlantic between latitudes 15°N and 20°N and longtitudes 40°W and 50°W to search for enemy supply vessels. (4)

7 Nov 1941
Around 0700Q/7, HMS Circassia (A/Capt. E.V. Lees, RN) and HrMs Van Kinsbergen (Cdr. C. Hellingman, RNN) returned to Trinidad from patrol. They had sighted nothing of interest. (5)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 53/111710 + ADM 53/367
  3. ADM 53/113817 + ADM 199/402
  4. ADM 53/113935 + ADM 199/402 + File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 53/113936 + ADM 199/402 + File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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