On 23 Dec 1940, the Tuva was attacked and damaged by German He111 aircraft in Ardmucknish Bay, Scotland. Seven crew members were killed.
At 07.09 hours on 2 Oct 1941, U-575 fired three torpedoes at the three ships in convoy ON-19A and heard two detonations on a first ship and one detonation on a second. However, only The Tuva was hit aft on the port side and sank in a short time after breaking in two.
The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts, but had to left a man behind who was trapped under a piece of debris. The survivors were picked up after about one hour by HMCS St. Croix (I 81).
|Master||Duijn, A. van,|
|People on board||35|
|Speed||12 knots ~ 14 mph (22 km/h)|
|Length||374 feet (114 m)|
|Width||53 feet (16.2 m)|
|Draft||29.3 feet (8.9 m)|
- Haersolte, J.W.J. van, (1947).
Scheepsrampen in oorlogstijd pp. 57-58.
- TUVA - ID 6730 Stichting Maritieme Historische Data.
- U boat net.