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On 2 March 1940, SS Sint Annaland was anchored in the mouth of the Tyne near Newcastle, with six other Dutch ships. This small fleet was unexpectedly attacked by German bombers. The Sint Annaland was lightly damaged, but this did not influence her journey. On 17 March, Sint Annaland again left Newcastle with a load of coal for Sluiskil. She sailed together with the vessels SS Schieland, SS Nieuwland and SS Schokland, all owned by the Scheepvaart- en Steenkolenmaatschappij in Rotterdam. The ships were sailing in keel line, with about 500 meters between each. Schieland was sailing first and Sint Annaland last. Between Fairey Bank and Westhinder, Sint Annaland hit a mine. This had been laid on 9 March by the German minelayer Ulm. Sint Annaland sank quickly, but the 21 people on board could lower a boat and were taken on board by the other ships.


MasterC. Vinke
People on board21
Power1200 hp
Speed10 knots (19 km/h, 12 mph)
Length272 feet (83 m)
Draft21 feet (6 m)
Displacement2247 ton (1124 last)


The wreck of Sint Annaland is completely turned over at a maximum depth of 34 meters. It is broken in three places and shows many large holes. Everywhere around it are pieces of coal.


  • Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed.
    Sint Annaland SS.
  • Stichting Maritiem-Historische Databank.
    Sint Annaland - ID 5914.
  • Dirk Termote en Tomas Termote (2009).
    Schatten en scheepswrakken: boeiende onderwaterarcheologie in de Noordzee.
    z.p., Schuyt.
  • L.L. von M√ľnching (1978).
    De Nederlandse koopvaardijvloot in de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
    Bussum en Middelburg, De Boer Maritiem.
  • K.W.L. Bezemer (1986).
    Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse Koopvaardijvloot in de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
    Amsterdam, Elsevier.

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