Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,419 tons
Completed1914 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBullard, King & Co Ltd (Natal Line), London 
Date of attack7 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position20° 18'S, 57° 14'E - Grid KG 5878
Complement111 (22 dead and 89 survivors).
ConvoyDN-54 (dispersed)
RouteLondon - Freetown - Durban (29 Jul) - Port Louis, Mauritius 
Cargo2000 tons of general cargo, 2000 tons of sugar and 800 tons of military stores 
History Completed in December 1914 
Notes on event

At 09.16 hours on 7 Aug 1943 the Umvuma (Master John Newby Gibson), dispersed from convoy DN-54, was hit by one G7e stern torpedo from U-181 and sank after 11 minutes southwest of Port Louis, Mauritius. 17 crew members, one gunner and four passengers were lost. The master, 72 crew members, eight gunners and eight passengers were picked up by the salvage tug Maurice and landed at Port Louis.

On boardWe have details of 21 people who were on board

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