Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam passenger ship

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage5,427 tons
Completed1920 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerBritish India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack26 Jan 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-188 (Siegfried L├╝dden)
Position13° 00'N, 55° 15'E - Grid MQ 4565
Complement103 (0 dead and 103 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Colombo - Aden - Suez 
Cargo5000 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in July 1920 
Notes on event

At 18.48 hours on 26 Jan 1944 the unescorted Surada (Master Ellis Henderson Brady) was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-188 40 miles east-northeast of Socotra Island. The ship broke in two and sank at 19.06 hours. The U-boat surfaced and asked the survivors about any losses and whether they had any provisions such as water. The master, 86 crewmen, nine gunners and seven passengers were picked up the following day by the British motor merchant Darro and landed at Aden on 29 January.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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