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The SS Medea was part of a WAT 13 convoy en route from New York to Venezuela. Early in the morning (3:10) of August 13, 1942, she was attacked by the U 658, a German submarine. The Medea was hit by a torpedo and sank. Five people were killed in the action.

During World War II, Dutch merchant ships forced by the Allies, were deployed for supplies. In total, the KNSM lost 48 ships, roughly two thirds of its fleet, after being hit by enemy mine, torpedo or bombs. 230 crew members were killed. In addition, 17 other staff members were killed by other war consequences.


The SS Medea was a freighter owned by the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij.

  • Dimensions: 84 x 11.94
MasterWillem van der Heul
People on board28
Tonnage1311 ton (656 last)


  • Haersolte, J.W.J. van (ed) (1947).
    Scheepsrampen in oorlogstijd, nr. 212.

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