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The SS Binnendijk was the first Dutch vessel that was lost in WW II. In September 1939, the Binnendijk came from Boston bound for Rotterdam. When arriving in the English Channel, the British navy wanted to inspected the vessel. The Binnendijk had to go to Portland harbour. But on her way she struck a newly laid German mine near Shambles Sandbank on 7th October.  All 41 crew members could escape.


Popular name: "The Benny"
Type B class ship: Dutch steel cargo vessel
Built: 1921 Werf de Noord Alblasserdam (NL)
Propulsion: 3 steam turbines
Owner: Holland and America Line


Length: 126.93 m
Beam: 16.46 m
Draught: 11.89 m
Tonnage: 6869 gross tons
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 51
Struck a mine on 7 Oktober 1939.

De SS Binnendijk.

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