Liner Klipfontein Sunk Off Mozambique
Line steamship Klipfontein was one of three liners known in their day for personalized Dutch service, luxurious accommodations
and fine cuisine. Ironically, after surviving World War II, the liner sank after striking a sunken German U-boat off the East
African coast on January 8, 1953.
under the command of a Captain Oosterhuis, was steaming from Holland south to Mozambique with 234 passengers and a cargo of
1,000 tons of copper and manganese ore and 100 bales of wool when it struck what was then the uncharted object that sank it.
took three hours to sink, going down by the bow. The seas were calm and six lifeboats were launched. The liner Bloemfontein
Castle, Captain J. H. F. Ferguson, was close at hand and successfully took all of the passengers and crew aboard.
liner was launched on March 4, 1939, even as the first events of World War II were occurring. By 1942 the steamship was taken
over by the U. S. War Shipping Administration for use as a troop ship. It survived the war the returned to service on the
Holland-African Line in 1946.
ships in the line were the Oranjefontein and the Jagersfontein. The trio of vessels had four passenger decks, had accommodations
for 100 first class and 60 tourist class passengers. All first class lounges and swimming pools were located on the promenade
deck. There was spacious cargo space with four holds, two forward and two