Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Leana under her former name Tapti. Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,742 tons
Completed1914 - AG Neptun Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik, Rostock 
OwnerWilliamson & Co, Hong Kong 
HomeportHong Kong 
Date of attack7 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-198 (Werner Hartmann)
Position25° 06'S, 35° 33'E - Grid KP 3819
Complement66 (2 dead and 64 survivors).
RouteAden - Mombasa - Lourenço Marques 
History Completed in April 1914 as Ulm for Deutsch-Australische DG, Hamburg. 1920 transferred to Britain as war reparation and renamed Tapti for James Nourse Ltd, London. 1937 renamed Leana for Williamson & Co, Hong Kong. 
Notes on event

At 06.45 hours on 7 July 1943, U-198 began shelling the unescorted Leana (Master Joseph Crosthwaite) with 147 rounds from her deck gun about 40 miles southeast of Zavora Point, Portuguese East Africa and sank the ship with a coup de grâce at 08.10 hours. Two crew members were lost. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Bordeaux on 24 September and was taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 57 crew members, five gunners and one passenger landed after five days at Inchi-Inchi Lighthouse, near Lourenço Marques.

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