On January 10 1942, the Japanese landed an invasion force on the island of Tarakan in the Dutch East Indies. The Dutch possesed a small but efficient fleet in those waters, but it was not sufficient to protect the many important ports and bases.
The minelayer Prins van Oranje, was the only vessel available at Tarakan. She acknowledged and presumably carried out the orders of the Netherlands Naval Command but nothing more was heard of her.
In the night of 12 January 1942, the Japanese Patrol boat No.38 and destroyer Yamakaze, while operating in the Tarakan invasion force, sank the escaping Dutch minelayer Prins van Oranje, northeast of Tarakan with heavy loss of life.
Is bijnaam: nee
Tonnage: 1291 grt
Afmetingen: 70 x 10,97 x 3,35 m
Motor: triple expansion engines, dual shaft
Vermogen: 1750 i.h.p.
Snelheid: 15 knopen
Bewapening: 2x 40mm guns, 2x 75mm guns, 2x .50cal machine guns, 150 mines.