Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,636 tons
Completed1917 - A. Vuijk & Zonen, Capelle an der Ijssel 
OwnerStoomvaart Mij Oostzee NV (Vinke & Co), Amsterdam 
Date of attack23 Nov 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 39'N, 8° 58'W - Grid AM 5523
Complement29 (0 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteMontreal (1 Nov) - Sydney - Belfast 
Cargo5200 tons of grain 
History Completed in March 1917 as Dutch steam merchant Bussum. In March 1918 seized at New York by the US Government, acquired by the US Navy and used as cargo transport USS Bussum (ID # 2468). After one voyage she was transferred to the US Shipping Board in May 1918. On 19 Jul 1918, the Bussum rescued survivors from the mined cruiser USS San Diego (ACR 6) off Fire Island, New York. Returned to the Dutch owners in May 1919.

On 13 May 1940, Bussum was bombed and badly damaged by German aircraft north of the West Hinder Lightship. The crew abandoned ship and was picked up by the French torpedo boat Bouclier. The ship was taken in tow by HMS Harrier (J 71) (LtCdr B.L. Clark, RN (retired)), later relieved by HMS Lady Brassey and arrived at London on 18 May. She was repaired and returned to service in July 1940.

Notes on event

At 21.05 hours on 23 Nov 1940 the Bussum (Master L. Wulp) in convoy SC-11 was hit in the bow by the last torpedo of U-100 about 90 miles west of Tory Island and foundered later in 55°37N/08°42W. The entire crew was rescued by HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (Cdr E.R. Mainguy, RCN).

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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