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While traveling from Buenos Aires to Rotterdam with a load of maize for the Dutch government, The Tenbergen ran out of coal at the entrance to the English Channel. On 19 November 1916 the captain decided to go to the nearest port; Brest (France) to bunker coal.

The weather started to get bad. Because the coal supply was almost exhausted, it was decided not to wait for the pilot, but to head for Brest.

At 9 p.m., the Tenbergen hit a rock (Vieille Noir), near Ile de Quemenes. Due to the war situation, the coastal lights at Brest had been changed. The Tenbergen was not aware of this. The ship started to sink. The 30 members of the crew left the ship. The chief mate was missing and killed.


Name: CORUNNA (1906 -1914)
Built: Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool, UK
Owner 1: Agincourt Steamship Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool, UK
Owner 2: Furness' Scheepvaart- & Agentuur Maatschappij N.V., NL

MasterTwisk, van
People on board30
Length339.9 feet (103.6 m)
Width47.2 feet (14.4 m)
Draft20 feet (6.1 m)
Tonnage3826 ton


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