Incomati – the Bank Line ‘ white ship’ lost in WW2. More information courtesy of

Type:Motor passenger ship
Tonnage7,369 tons
Completed1934 – Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack18 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-508 (Georg Staats)
Position3° 09’N, 4° 15’E – Grid EV 9933
Complement223 (1 dead and 222 survivors).
RouteTakoradi (16 Jul) – Walvis Bay – Durban – Middle East 
Cargo7000 tons of general cargo, including 3600 tons of cocoa, 2600 tons of stores, mail and 2 aircraft 
HistoryCompleted in April 1934 for Bank Line Ltd (Andrew Weir & Co), Belfast. 
Notes on eventAt 07.56 hours on 18 July 1943 the unescorted Incomati (Master Stephen Fox) was torpedoed and damaged by U-508 about 200 miles south of Lagos. At 08.18 hours, the U-boat began shelling the ship, setting her on fire and left the wreck in sinking condition. One crew member was lost. The master, 101 crew members, eight gunners and 112 passengers were picked up by HMS Boadicea (H 65) (LtCdr F.C. Brodrick, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (L 01) (Cdr N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN) and landed at Takoradi. 

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