Source: US Navy Historical Museum
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U.S. freighter MS Sawokla was sunk by torpedo and gunfire of German auxiliary cruiser Michel (Schiffe 28) at approximately 2800'S, 5400'E, about 400 miles southeast of Madagascar, while en route from Colombo, Ceylon, to Cape Town, South Africa; 16 of the 41-man crew are killed in the attack, as are four of the 13 Armed Guard sailors. Michel rescues 25 crewmen, five Armed Guard sailors and the five passengers.

The survivors were eventually turned over to the Japanese in Singapore.

List of survivors of USS Houston - includes other ships, Sawokla, Humphrey and Hovey