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Woensdrecht - (1940-1941)
Het schip dat ook een Esso tanker zou worden, als opvolger van de verloren gegane "Den Haag" in 1940.
The ship that also should be an Esso tanker, as a replacement for the lost "Den Haag" in 1940.
She was lost during WW II.
Het Vaderland - Dinsdag 16 April 1940 ( Avondblad).
Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad d.d. 16-04-1940.
Info from the Starke & Schell Shipping Registers :
WOENSDRECHT - 1926 Netherlands, 1M (aft), (11)
4,668 Grt for N.V. Stoomv. Mij. "De Maas" (N.V. Phs. Van Ommeren's Scheepv. Bedrijf), Rotterdam, 370.0 x 53.3
Tanker build by Mij. Fyenoord, Rotterdam, (3), #301
1933 - N.V. Mij. m/s "Woensdrecht" (s/m)
Torpedoed by U 515, 12 Sep 1942, in 10.27 N - 60.17 W, voyage Takoradi - Trinidad, in ballast,
towed into Trinidad 19 Sep 1942, heavily damaged, CTL, sold for scrapping.
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Motor tanker
Tonnage: 4.668 tons
Completed: 1926 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam
Owner: NV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam
Date of attack: 12 Sep, 1942
Fate: A total loss by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position: 10.27N, 60.17W - Grid ED 9992
- See location on a map -
Complement: 73 (1 dead and 72 survivors).
Route: USA - Port of Spain, Trinidad
Notes on loss:
On 10 Sep, 1942, the Woensdrecht picked up 36 survivors from the British motor merchant Cressington Court,
sunk by U-510 on 19 August. At 10.41 hours on 12 Sep, 1942, the tanker was torpedoed by U-515. A piece of debris
killed one crewmember of the Cressington Court and the ship stopped. The U-boat surfaced a few minutes later, but
immediately dived again, when she was taken under fire with the 4-inch gun. The crew abandoned the ship and were
eventually picked up by two American patrol vessels the following night.
Later the Woensdrecht was torpedoed again (alltogether four torpedoes hit the tanker) and broke in two. The
forepart was towed to Trinidad, but the ship was declared a total loss and was later scrapped.