Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,852 tons
Completed1942 - Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerBritish India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack29 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-662 (Heinz-Eberhard Müller)
Position46° 44'N, 16° 38'W - Grid BE 5635
Complement103 (0 dead and 103 survivors).
RouteBombay - Colombo - Capetown - Freetown (12 Mar) - Manchester 
Cargo7376 tons of general cargo, including 2500 tons of manganese ore, 1000 tons of rubber, 1000 tons of tea and copra 
Notes on event

At 22.50 hours on 29 March 1943, U-662 fired a spread of four FAT torpedoes and one G7e torpedo at convoy SL-126 about 425 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. Two hits on a first ship were heard, one hit on a second and the last torpedo was considered to be a hit on a third ship. The U-boat had sunk Empire Whale and Umaria and damaged Ocean Viceroy, but the order in which the ships were hit is unclear.

The Umaria (Master Aubrey Devereux Davies, OBE) was probably hit again by a torpedo from the same U-boat in a second attack with a spread of two torpedoes at 04.07 hours and was later scuttled by gunfire by HMS Wear (K 230) (Lt G.D. Edwards). The master, 91 crew members, ten gunners and one passenger were picked up by the frigate and landed at Liverpool.

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