British Troop transport
|Completed||1923 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||6 Apr 1945||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-1195 (Ernst Cordes)|
|Position||50.36N, 00.58W -|
|Complement||265 (1 dead and 264 survivors).|
|Route||Le Havre - Southampton|
|History||Completed in April 1923 as French steam passenger ship Cuba for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris. On 31 Oct, 1940, the Vichy French ship was en route from Martinique to Casablanca with about 1300 passengers when she was captured by a British warship and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In February 1941 converted to a troop transport. |
|Notes on event|
At 06.13 hours on 6 Apr, 1945, the Cuba (Master J. Cailloce) in convoy VWP-16 was torpedoed and sunk by U-1195 southeast of the Isle of Wight. The U-boat was herself sunk after the attack, but the xB-Dienst reported her success. The wreck of the ship was later dispersed.
One crew member was lost. The master, 221 crew members, 29 gunners, 10 army staff members and three signallers were picked up by HMCS Nene (K 270) (LtCdr R.F.J. Maberley, RNVR) and landed at Portsmouth.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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