A ‘B’-Type Standard built on the Clyde by John Brown and Co. Ltd., Clydebank. She was launched on 10 September 1919 without a War prefix name and was sold to Elder Dempster and Co., Liverpool before being completed on 14 October as Bata. This photograph shows her as Bata in the River Mersey.
During November 1933 she was sold to Tower SS Co., London and renamed Tower Abbey.
Within two years she was purchased by William Crosby and Co., London and renamed Willandra.
In 1938 she was purchased by Taihei Kisen KK, Kobe and traded as Uchide Maru. She was therefore an enemy vessel when on 29 February 1944 she was torpedoed and later sunk by the US submarine Sargo.
USS Sargo was the lead ship of her class. Her keel was laid on 12 May 1937 by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut.
She was launched 0n 6 June 1938 sponsored by Mrs. Chester W. Nimitz, wife of the later Admiral.
Her 10th patrol lasted from 26 January to 12 March around the Palau Islands. She sank the Nichiro Maru on 17 February and on 29 February she attacked a Japanese convoy and torpedoed and damaged Uchide Maru. The Japanese crew abandoned her and were picked up by Japanese patrol boats.
The Uchide Maru sank on 2 March as a result of the damage inflicted by Sargo.
Photograph belongs to Stuart Smith.
Copyright John Clarkson, Preston, Lancs.