Ships hit by U-boats

Nova Scotia

British Troop transport

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameNova Scotia
Type:Troop transport
Tonnage6,796 tons
Completed1926 - Vickers Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack28 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)
Position28° 30'S, 33° 00'E - Grid KP 8325
Complement1052 (858 dead and 194 survivors).
RoutePort Tewfik - Aden (18 Nov) - Durban 
CargoPassengers, 780 Italian civilian internees and 3000 bags of mail 
History Completed in May 1926 as steam passenger ship. In January 1941 requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and used as troopship. 
Notes on event

At 07.15 hours on 28 Nov 1942 the unescorted Nova Scotia (Master Alfred Hender) was hit by three torpedoes from U-177 and sank burning by the bow within 10 minutes southeast of Lourenço Marques. When the Germans tried to identify the ship by questioning the survivors, they took the first two men aboard after hearing Italian voices. After the two Italian merchant sailors explained the situation, Gysae decided to leave the area and radioed the BdU for orders. Due to the events after the sinking of Laconia, the U-boat was ordered to continue its patrol and the BdU notified the Portuguese who sent the frigate Alfonso de Albuquerque from Lourenço Marques. The ship rescued 17 crew members, one gunner, three military and naval personnel, one passenger, 42 guards and 130 internees. The master, 96 crew members, ten gunners, eight military and naval personnel, five passengers, 88 South African guards and 650 Italian internees were lost.

On boardWe have details of 992 people who were on board

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