American Motor merchant
|Completed||1918 - Saginaw Shipbuilding Co, Saginaw MI|
|Owner||Ford Motor Co, Detroit MI|
|Date of attack||20 Feb 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)|
|Position||43° 14'N, 64° 45'W - Grid BB 7884|
|Complement||39 (39 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York - Halifax - Reykjavik|
|Notes on event|
On 19 Feb 1942 the unescorted Lake Osweya (Master Karl E. Prinz) followed three miles behind the Empire Seal, while they approached Halifax. When the British ship was sunk by U-96 at 23.29 hours, the Lake Osweya tried to escape by changing course and zigzagging. But at 04.53 hours on 20 February, the vessel was struck amidships by one torpedo fired by U-96 from a distance of 500 yards, broke in two and sank quickly by the bow. Lehmann-Willenbrock reported that three lifeboats were launched, but none of the eight officers, 22 crewmen and nine armed guards (the ship was armed with two 3in guns) were ever found.
|On board||We have details of 39 people who were on board.|
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