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Dutch cargo ship Winterswijk, which was USS Winterswijk in 1918


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Winterswijk (Dutch Cargo Ship, 1914).
Served as USS Winterswijk (ID # 2567) in 1918

Winterswijk, a 3205 gross ton cargo ship completed in July 1914 at Albasserdam, Holland, by Jan Smit and Co. and operated by the firm of Erhardt and Dekkers of Rotterdam, was taken over by the United States Government on 20 March 1918 under the right of angary, which allowed a belligerent nation to use the property of a neutral power when necessary but subject to full indemnification. Winterswijk was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) and commissioned at Key West on 2 April 1918.

After loading a cargo of coal, Winterswijk sailed for Cuba on 4 April and arrived at Antilla, Cuba, on the 7th. There, she discharged her cargo of coal and later loaded a cargo of sugar. Underway again on 15 April, Winterswijk arrived at Boston eight days later. After unloading, the steamer was decommissioned and turned over to the United States Shipping Board on 27 April 1918. Simultaneously struck from the Navy list, Winterswijk was operated by the Shipping Board or the Army (Septemer 1918 to January 1919)until returned to her owner by the Shipping Board on 5 June 1919 at Rotterdam.

The veteran of 25 days of service in the United States Navy subsequently resumed postwar operations with Erhardt and Dekkers. She was torpedoed and sunk on 10 September 1941 by U-432 in a convoy off southern Greenland.

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S.S. Winterswijk
(Dutch cargo ship, 1914)

In Dutch commercial service in 1914.

Source: uboat.net/allies/merchants/1088.html.

 
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S.S. Winterswijk
(Dutch cargo ship, 1914)

In Dutch commercial service in 1914.

Source: www.wivonet.nl/winterswijk1914.htm.

 


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