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).
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