Umvuma


Date of attack

7 Aug 1943

Fate

Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)

Position 20.18S, 57.14E - Grid KG 5878

Complement

111 (22 dead and 89 survivors).

Convoy

DN-54 (dispersed)

Route

London - Freetown - Durban (29 Jul) - Port Louis, Mauritius

Cargo

2000 tons of general cargo, 2000 tons of sugar and 800 tons of military stores

Torpedoed and Sunk in The Indian Ocean - August 1943

Umvuma

Left Durban

For Mauritius

Lost 7 August 1943

Fate

Master

J N Gibson

Survived

Chief Officer

D Reid

Lost

Second Officer

F L Wood

Lost

Third Officer

D D Winder

Lost

Third Radio Officer

T R Cranston

Lost

Purser

G Matthews

Lost

Surgeon

R South

Lost

Second Engineer

P L Langdale

Lost

Umvuma in WW1 camouflage

Notes on loss  

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.

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Umvuma

1914

1943 Torpedoed and sunk off Mauritius

4419

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

136725

Laing

Sunderland


Steam 3 Cyl


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