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The Koningin Regentes was used as a ferry boat between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom until the outbreak of World War I. She sometimes also carried mail as cargo

On June 6th, 1918 the Dutch passenger paddlesteamer Koningin Regentes was bound from Boston, Lincolnshire, to Rotterdam when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB 107 (Eberhard von Prittwitz und Gaffron). She was in service as a hospital ship at that time. She was attacked 21 miles East of Leman lightship. Seven died.


People on board60
Speed20 knots ~ 23 mph (37 km/h)
Length320 feet (97.5 m)
Width35.8 feet (10.9 m)
Draft16 feet (4.9 m)
Tonnage1970 ton


he wreck of Koningin Regentes lies at a depth of 30 metres (98 ft 5 in) and is broken in several pieces. It lies close to an English drilling site, and the sea floor is level with only sand and shells; visibility is also very good. One of the ship′s steam engines lies on top of the ship and her decks have collapsed.


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