Ships hit by U-boats


Lorient

British Steam merchant



NameLorient
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,737 tons
Completed1921 - Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerEvan Thomas Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack4 May 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position54.04N, 44.18W - Grid AJ 6298
Complement43 (43 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-5 (straggler)
RouteLondon - New York 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in September 1921 as French Lorient for Compagnie Delmas-Vieljeux, Paris. On 18 Feb, 1941, the Vichy French ship was captured by the British ocean boarding vessel HMS Marsdale west of the Canary Islands in 28°12N/12°23W and taken to Gibraltar, where she was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

On 4 May 1943, the Lorient (Master Walter John Manley), a straggler from convoy ONS-5, was torpedoed and sunk by U-125 south of Cape Farewell. The master, 39 crew members and three gunners were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

Location of attack on Lorient.

ship sunk.


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