Information published in the newspaper "Notícias" from Lourenço Marques
(Notícias, 19 de junho de 1942)
On June 13, 1942, 41 castaways from the Cliftonhall - sunk the day before by the Japanese submarine I-16 - entered the city of António Enes, in Mozambique. It is not clear whether they reached the coast by their own means or with the help of a Portuguese vessel. British documentation states that it was the Angoche II motorboat that towed them to the village, a news item published in a local newspaper and other sources suggest they arrived alone.
In António Enes they were housed in private houses and with the manager of the Companhia Colonial de Angoche, which welcomed a large number of them. Food, clothing and shoes were distributed and the injured, none of them seriously, received medical treatment from the local doctor.
After a week the crew were sent to Lourenço Marques and repatriated to South Africa on one of the many ships that docked there.
Cliftonhall was torpedoed on June 12, at 1 pm, by the Japanese submarine I-16. Two men died in the explosion.
Type: Motor Merchant
Tonnage: 5063 gt
Owner: West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
Built: Doxford W. & Sons, GB
National Archives UK, Kew (GB) § Arquivo Histórico da Marinha (PT) § Arquivo Histórico do MNE (PT) § Shipping Company Losses of the second World War, Ian M. Malcolm § Lista dos Navios da Marinha Portuguesa, datas 1939 a 1945 § Wreksite.eu