Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,174 tons
Completed1914 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerEastern & Australian Steam Ship Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Jul 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-181 (Kurt Freiwald)
Position13° 22'N, 74° 09'E - Grid MS 5569
Complement216 (19 dead and 197 survivors).
RouteMelbourne - Colombo - Bombay 
Cargo5600 tons of general cargo, including 800 tons of copra and tallow 
History Completed in May 1914 as Tanda for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. On 2 Oct 1914, requisitioned as hospital ship HMHS Madras, later used as transport and returned to owner as Tanda in 1920. 1924 transferred to Eastern & Australian Steam Ship Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 22.13 hours on 15 July 1944 the unescorted Tanda (Master Thomas John Mills) was hit by two torpedoes from U-181 and sank about 52 miles northwest of Mangalore in the Arabian Sea. 18 crew members and one passenger were lost. The master, 158 crew members, twelve gunners and 26 passengers were picked up by HMIS Bihar (J 247) (T/Lt W.L. Deeble, DSC, RINR) and HMS Monkshood (K 207) (Lt G.W. McGuinness, RNR) and landed at Colombo on 18 July.

On boardWe have details of 21 people who were on board

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