The Binnendijk was the first Dutch vessel that was lost in WW II. In September 1939, the Binnendijk came from Boston bound for Rotterdam. When arriving in the English Channel, the British navy wanted to inspected the vessel. The Binnendijk had to go to Portland harbour. But on her way she struck a newly laid German mine near Shambles Sandbank on 7th October. All 41 crew members could escape.
Name: De Binnendijk Popular name: "The Benny" Type B class ship: Dutch steel cargo vessel Built: 1921 Werf de Noord Alblasserdam (NL) Propulsion: 3 steam turbines Owner: Holland and America Line
Length: 126.93 m Beam: 16.46 m Draught: 11.89 m Tonnage: 6869 gross tons Speed: 12 knots Complement: 51 Struck a mine on 7 Oktober 1939.