Nederlandsche Koloniale Petroleum Mij NV. | home
Benakat - (1935-1943)
Zie ook : Kranten berichten betreffende "Benakat"
"Benakat" was build in 1935 for the N.K.T.V. (Nederlandsche Koloniale Tankvaart Mij.), 's Gravenhage.
20.5-1943 torpedoed by the U-197 and sunken, during the voyage Capetown to Baltimore.
HET S.S."BENAKAT" TE WATER GELATEN.
Het te water laten van het S.S. "Benakat" van de werf van de Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij.
Het schip is gebouwd voor rekening van de Nederlandsche Koloniale Tankvaart Mij te ís Gravouhage.
( Photo : Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, 19 augustus 1935 )
( Photo Het schip 1935 )
See also a profile drawing by Dutch ships drawn by C.E.A. (Stan) van Boeckel (1924-2009)
"Benakat" in profile, from the book "Taschenbuch Der Handelsflotten 1940" by E. Gröner.
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage 4.763 tons
Completed 1935 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij., Rotterdam
Owner Nederlandsche Koloniale Tankvaart Mij NV, The Hague
Homeport The Hague
Date of attack 20 May, 1943
Fate Sunk by U-197 (Robert Bartels)
Position 06.05S, 12.56W - Grid FM 2269
- See location on a map -
Complement 44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).
Convoy Route Capetown (8 May) - Baltimore Cargo Ballast History
Notes on loss
The Benakat (Master C.J. Grootes) left Capetown in a coastal convoy which was formed in the Table Bay, but left after three
days to continue her voyage on the prescribed route to the destination. On 14 May, 1943 the Admiralty radioed a new course.
At 07.28 hours on 20 May she was struck by a torpedo from U-197 on the starboard side, just before the bridge. The explosion caused
very heavy damage, wrecked the starboard lifeboat and destroyed the starboard machinegun-platform, injuring the first and fourth mate
(not seriously). After the hit no electric power was left, so the distress signal could only be send a few times. The ship began to list
to starboard, and with some difficulty the crew succeeded in boarding the three remaining lifeboats and rowed away. About 20 minutes
later a second torpedo hit the Benakat on the starboard side and broke her in two. The bow section sank and the stern remained afloat.
The U-boat surfaced and fired with the deck gun at the port side of the vessel until the stern sank.
Source : Deutsch Historisches Marine Archiv
The Miramar Ship Index for "BENAKAT"
Torpedoed & sunk 6.05 S / 12.56 W 20.05.1943.