Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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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)
Position7° 21'N, 14° 51'W - Grid ET 5356
Complement106 (101 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 on port side underneath the aft mast by one G7e torpedo from U-124 and sank immediately after being hit eight minutes later by a coup de grâce about 90 miles southwest of Freetown. The master, 85 crew members, two gunners and 13 passengers (7 DBS) were lost. One gunner and one passenger were picked up after 13 days by the British steam merchant Lorca and landed at Freetown on 13 April. On 7 April, three Indian 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.

On boardWe have details of 101 people who were on board

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