Date of attack

7 Aug 1943


Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)

Position 20.18S, 57.14E - Grid KG 5878


111 (22 dead and 89 survivors).


DN-54 (dispersed)


London - Freetown - Durban (29 Jul) - Port Louis, Mauritius


2000 tons of general cargo, 2000 tons of sugar and 800 tons of military stores

Notes on loss  

At 09.16 hours on 7 Aug, 1943, the Umvuma (Master John Newby Gibson), dispersed from convoy DN-54, was hit by one G7e stern torpedo from U-181 and sank after 11 minutes southwest of Port Louis, Mauritius. 17 crew members, one gunner and four passengers were lost. The master, 72 crew members, eight gunners and eight passengers were picked up by the salvage tug Maurice and landed at Port Louis.


We have listing of 21 people who were on this vessel

The following names are listed at the

Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

Umvuma in WW1 camouflage

Torpedoed and Sunk in The Indian Ocean - 1943

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