Ships hit by U-boats


British Troop transport

Type:Troop transport
Tonnage11,420 tons
Completed1923 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerCunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack6 Apr 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-1195 (Ernst Cordes)
Position50° 36'N, 0° 58'W
Complement265 (1 dead and 264 survivors).
RouteLe Havre (6 Apr) - Southampton 
History Completed in April 1923 as French steam passenger ship Cuba for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris. On 31 October 1940 the Vichy French ship was en route from Martinique to Casablanca with 1258 passengers when she was captured by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Moreton Bay (F 11) 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 April 1945 the Cuba (Master J. Cailloce) in convoy VWP-116 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 boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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