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Name: UMTATA
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 30/08/1935
Completed: 11/1935
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1480
Dimensions: 8137grt, 5060nrt, 451.4 x 61.2 x 32.1ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (22.5, 38 & 63 x 39ins) plus LP turbines, 1124nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Reg Number: 164550
History:
11/1935 Bullard, King & Co Ltd, London
07/07/1942 Sank
Comments: 09/03/1942: Torpedoed & sunk by U-Boat U161 while alongside at St Lucia
Subsequently refloated and temporarily repaired
07/07/1942: Torpedoed & sunk by U-Boat U571, 100 miles east of Havana
at 23.35N - 80.02W, whilst under tow from St Lucia to Port Everglades for repairs


Above photo courtesy of Stuart Smith