Ships hit by U-boats

City of Baroda

British Steam passenger ship

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Baroda
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,129 tons
Completed1918 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-509 (Werner Witte)
Position27° 56'S, 15° 21'E - Grid GJ 8144
Complement338 (13 dead and 325 survivors).
RouteLondon - Trinidad - Walvis Bay (1 Apr) - Durban - Colombo - Calcutta 
Cargo7000 tons of general cargo and 1500 bags of mail 
History Completed in October 1918 
Notes on event

At 22.00 hours on 2 April 1943 the City of Baroda (Master Charles Stuart Nelson) in convoy NC-9 was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-509 about 90 miles south of Luderitz Bay, South West Africa. The badly damaged vessel was abandoned by the crew and two days later drifted ashore in 27°31S/15°19E and became a total loss after waves broke up the wreck until 26 April. One crew member and twelve passengers were lost. The master, 129 crew members, four gunners and 191 passengers were picked up by HMS Cape Warwick (FY 167) (T/Lt W.E. Goggin, RNR) and landed in Capetown.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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