American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (C-2)|
|Completed||1941 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||9 Jan 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-384 (Hans-Achim von Rosenberg-Gruszcynski)|
|Position||56° 15'N, 22° 00'W - Grid AL 0149|
|Complement||83 (83 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York - Belfast|
|Cargo||War supplies and ammunition|
|History||Completed in October 1941 |
|Notes on event|
At 20.25 hours on 9 Jan 1943 the unescorted Louise Lykes (Master Edwin John Madden) was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by U-384 from a distance of 1800 meters, while proceeding on a zigzagging course at 15 knots. The ship exploded with a terrible blast, forcing the U-boat to crash dive because debris was falling onto the deck and into the water around her. As the U-boat resurfaced after five minutes, the ship had disappeared. The ten officers, 41 crewmen and 32 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, two 3in and eight 20mm guns) all perished.
|On board||We have details of 84 people who were on board.|
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