Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,767 tons
Completed1910 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBullard, King & Co Ltd (Natal Line), London 
Date of attack30 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position - Grid ET 5356
Complement107 (102 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteDurban - Walvis Bay (20 Mar) - Freetown - London 
Cargo1549 tons of maize, 50 tons of pulses and 47 tons of jam 
History Completed in October 1910 
Notes on event

At 23.01 hours on 30 March 1941 the unescorted Umona (Master Frederick Arthur Baden Peckham) was hit aft by one torpedo from U-124 and sank after being hit two minutes later by a coup de grâce about 90 miles southwest of Freetown. The master, 81 crew members, seven gunners and 13 passengers (6 DBS) were lost. One gunner and one passenger (DBS) were picked up after 13 days by the British steam merchant Lorca and landed at Freetown on 13 April. On 7 April, three crew members were picked up by HMS Foxhound (H 69) (Cdr G.H. Peters, RN), escort of convoy WS-7, in 07°25N/13°55W and landed at Freetown the next day.

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