The SS Kuala was a small coastal ship converted into an auxiliary vessel. It left Singapore on the February 14, 1942, as the Japanese advanced. It was bombed and sunk just off Pom Pong Island 12 hours later. The Japanese bombed the survivors, and few made it alive to the nearby island. Some survivors were picked up by the SS Tanjong Pinang which was itself bombed on February 17, 1942, as it made for Sumatra.
- Katie Spires