Umtata (3)

Date of attack

7 Jul 1942


Sunk by U-571 (Helmut Möhlmann)

Position 25.35N, 80.02W - Grid DM 2646


92 (0 dead and 92 survivors).


St. Lucia - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Key West - Port Everglades


2000 tons of mineral ore


Water Colour by Tony Westmore

A bit of artistic licence here as Umtata was sunk in 1942 and the first Clan liners of the style shown did not come into service until the 1950s

Torpedoed and Sunk off Miami - 1942

Umtata - Art Gallery


Left St Lucia

For Port Everglades

Lost 7 July 1942



O R Jones



At 04.49 hours on 10 Mar, 1942, U-161 fired two torpedoes into the harbour of Port Castries, St. Lucia. The first torpedo hit the Lady Nelson, which caught fire and sank by the stern in shallow waters. The second torpedo struck the Umtata, which sank by the stern. However, both vessels were later salvaged and repaired.

Four persons of the 140 crew members, four gunners and 33 passengers aboard the Umtata were lost. The ship had been en route from Durban to New York with a cargo of chrome ore, asbestos and meat. On 2 May, she was salvaged, temporarily repaired and then sunk by another U-boat while under tow to Port Everglades for permanent repairs.

Notes on loss  

At 09.02 hours on 7 Jul, 1942, the Umtata (Master R. Owen Jones) was torpedoed and sunk by U-571 northeast of Key West in the Florida Strait, while under tow by the American tug Edmund J. Moran. The master and 91 crew members were picked up by the tug, transferred to USCGC Thetis (WPC 115) and landed at Miami.

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