ONDINA (1)

About

Completed 1939 as Ondina for La Corona. Survived on 11-11-1942 two attacks of Japanese raiders Hokohu Maru and Aikoku Maru in Indian Ocean, 500 miles off Sunda Straits. Voyage Abadan to Freemantle. The tanker was escorted by the Dutch mine sweeper Bengal. The raiders had previously intercepted Genota and seized and escorted her to Singapore. At the 6th gun shell one of the raiders was hit and escaped but a shell hit the tanker and killed the master and several persons on the bridge. While the crew was leaving the tanker and embarked in the life boats, one of the raiders launched 2 torpedoes which hit Omala on starboard side. At the same time the raiders shot the crew killing the chief engineer and several crew members wounding several of them who jump into the water, two Chinese sailors being killed by the surrounding sharks. Since Ondina remained afloat, the chief officer decided reboarding. The crew succeeded to blow out the existing fire and restart the engine. 20 days later Ondina entered Fremantle harbour where she was repaired. She returned in service. 20-2-1959 arrived Hong Kong for scrap.

IMO number
5613986
Call sign
PGNC
Construction number
71
Tonnage
9.070 ton
Beam
17m
Length overall
130m
Year of construction
1939
Year of renaming/broken up
1959
Service for Shell
1939 to 1959
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
James John Burgess unknown 1942 my father served on ondina in 1942
Pieter Koops master 1943 to 1946 my father was master
Henk De Roo Sr. 5th engineer 1946 to 1951
Hermand De Werd radio officer 1947 to 1951
S. Harders apprentice officer 1948 to 1949
A.j. Tempelaar 4th engineer 1954 to 1955 4e machinist
K. J. Beswerda 3rd mate 1955 to 1957
Bert Alfrink 2nd officer 1956 to 1957
J. Jan Hemelaar sparks radio officer 1957 to 1958
A.w. Ton Brakel 3rd engineer 1958 to 1959