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When the ship did not sink after a coup de grâce hit at 21.30 hours, the U-boat began shelling the ship at 22.02 hours. 16 rounds were fired that caused the ship to sink at 22.42 hours. The crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats, but one of them capsized when it was lowered incorrectly, the occupants fell into the sea and drowned.

The master and four men were picked up by HMS Matabele (G 26) (Cdr R.St.V. Sherbrooke, RN), which probably also picked up the remaining survivors and landed them all at Scapa Flow on 16 December.


Type: steamship, Cargo vessel
Built: Machinefabriek en Scheepswerf van P. Smit Jr. N.V., Rotterdam
Owner: N.V. Maatschappij Vrachtvaart, Rotterdam
Dimensions: 128.01 (Loa) x 16.84 x 8.81 m
Tonnage: 5418
Propulsion: Steam, Triple Expansion
Speed: 11
Complement: 37
Master: W. Smit

People on board37
Length420 feet (128 m)
Width55.3 feet (16.9 m)
Draft28.9 feet (8.8 m)
Tonnage5418 ton


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