British Steam merchant
|Completed||1914 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow|
|Owner||Eastern & Australian Steam Ship Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||15 Jul 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-181 (Kurt Freiwald)|
|Position||13.22N, 74.09E - Grid MS 5569|
|Complement||216 (19 dead and 197 survivors).|
|Route||Melbourne - Colombo - Bombay|
|Cargo||5600 tons of general cargo, including 800 tons of copra and tallow|
|History||Completed in May 1914 as Tanda for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. On 2 Oct, 1914, requisitioned as hospital ship HMHS Madras, later used as transport and returned to owner as Tanda in 1920. 1924 transferred to Eastern & Australian Steam Ship Co Ltd, London. |
|Notes on event|
At 22.13 hours on 15 Jul, 1944, the unescorted Tanda (Master Thomas John Mills) was hit by two torpedoes from U-181 and sank about 52 miles northwest of Mangalore in the Arabian Sea. 18 crew members and one passenger were lost. The master, 158 crew members, twelve gunners and 26 passengers were picked up by HMIS Bihar (J 247) (T/Lt W.L. Deeble, DSC, RINR) and HMS Monkshood (K 207) (Lt G.W. McGuinness, RNR) and landed at Colombo on 18 July.
|On board||We have details of 22 people who were on board.|
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