- Second World War (1939-1945)
Enemy surface craft openend intense fire, destroying the ships gun at the first salvo, setting the ship ablaze and holding her at the waterline. The starboard boat was lowered, and picked up some of the crew who had jumped overboard. Two torpedoes were then fired into her and she sank. The enemy fired two rounds at the lifeboat before leaving. There were twenty-two survivors and fourteen men lost their lives. During the firing mr Koppier, Third officer, returned from the boat to the ship and carried a wounded man to the boat, thereby saving his life. The chief engineer, Mr. Jongejan, was on deck helping to launch the boats when the lights went out, for the auxiliaries had been stopped as well as the main engine when the master ordered the engines to be stopped. He therefore left the others and went alone into the engine-room and restarted the dynamo, giving light to work by. The wireless officer had been severely wounded by a splinter before leaving the ship. He did not mention this and did excellent work in pulling other survivors out of the water before his strength failed him.