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SHIPS SUNK NETHERLANDS 28 - DUTCH SHIPS LOST/DAMAGED/CAPTURED

20)POLYDORUS U-176




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Built 1924


Tonnage 5,922 / 7,853 tons


Cargo: 8,657 tons of military stores, including 1,500 tons of ammunition.


Route: Liverpool (8 Nov) - Freetown


Sunk 27 Nov 42 by U-176 in pos. 09º 01’N 25º 38’W.


1 Dead


80 Survivors


At 04.54 hours on 27 Nov, 1942, the Polydorus (Master H. Brouwer), dispersed from the convoy ON-145 on 15 November, was hit by two torpedoes from U-176 northwest of Freetown and sank after a huge explosion at 05.03 hours. The U-boat had missed with six torpedoes during a chase lasting 50 hours, the longest recorded pursuit by a U-boat in the Second World War.


The master, 66 crew members, eleven gunners and two passengers abandoned ship in four lifeboats immediately after the hits, but one Chinese crew member died in an accident while lowering the boats. The survivors were picked up by the Spanish merchant Eolo (Master Urgelles) and landed on 5 December at Las Palmas, Canary Islands.


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