|Steam Merchant Vessel|
Built by W. Gray & Co. Ltd.
Owned by: Van Uden´s Scheepvaart
Length: 421.2 ft.
Beam 54.1 ft
Service Speed: 11 knots
The Delfshaven was sighted by U-572 who fired three torpedoes at 00.21 hours on 7 August, 1942 which not only missed the vessel but were unnoticed by those aboard the ship. The U-572 then fired a stern torpedo at 00.28 hours which also missed. At 02.25 the U-572 then fired its last remaining bow torpedo which hit the vessel amidships. The crew then abandoned ship and took to two lifeboats. The vessel, however, did not sink and at 04.42 hours the U-572 fired a stern torpedo which caused the ship to explode. The position was grid reference ES 5466 (07.24N,25.37W).
One member of the crew lost his life but 38 men survived the attack.