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At 17.30 hours on 20 Jun, 1940, the "Moordrecht" (Master I. Hutjes) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from "U 48", exploded and sank by the stern within two minutes. The master and 24 crew members were lost. The ship had been in convoy HX-49 until 18 June and was then ordered to proceed alone to her destination port. Four men eventually made it to a lifeboat and were picked up on 23 June by th e Greek steam merchant Orion, which landed them at Liverpool on 29 June.


Type: Motor tanker
Tonnage: 7,493 tons
Built: NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam , 1930
Owner: NV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam 

Complement : 29 (25 dead and 4 survivors)
Convoy HX-49 (dispersed)

Down on 6 December

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Wrecks of Flevoland

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