Sudan,Red Sea

The steamship Bahia Blanca was laid down in Hamburg in Germany, and was launched in 1912 for the HAPAG, the Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft. She was sold in 1918 to Argentina, and then again to Italy in 1935 and renamed Umbria. Under a journey from Italy to Eritrea loaded with ammunition and other military supplies she was forced by British forces to anchor outside Port Sudan 8.June 1940. The day after Italy declared war on England, and to avoid the ship and cargo being confiscated, they chose to scuttle her. The wreck of Umbria rest today north of Port Sudan on a depth of approximately 38 meter at Wingate Reef.

Former names:
Bahia Blanca
154,9 x 18,1 x 10,9 n
Tons: Built: Home Port:
10076 grt
Hamburg ( D ) 1912
Trieste ( I )

37 19' 38" N, 19 38' 19"E
( Source: Cassiopeia Safari )

Picture: Bahia Blanca in Argentina
Courtesy of Histarmar, Public domain

Last updated: January 2021