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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).


MasterDuijn, A. van,
People on board35
Power3650 hp
Speed12 knots ~ 14 mph (22 km/h)
Length374 feet (114 m)
Width53 feet (16.2 m)
Draft29.3 feet (8.9 m)
Tonnage4752 ton


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