Ships hit by U-boats

River Lugar

British Steam merchant

NameRiver Lugar
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,423 tons
Completed1937 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCampbell Brothers & Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack27 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-69 (Jost Metzler)
Position24° 00'N, 21° 00'W - Grid DT 3898
Complement46 (40 dead and 6 survivors).
RoutePepel - Freetown (18 Jun) - Barry Roads 
Cargo9250 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in August 1937 
Notes on event

At 01.19 hours on 27 June 1941, U-69 fired a spread of two torpedoes at two overlapping steamers in convoy SL-78 about 200 miles southeast of the Azores and heard one detonation, but no hit can be confirmed from Allied sources. At 01.49 hours, another torpedo was fired that hit the River Lugar amidships, which broke in two and sank within seconds. In a third attack at 02.37 hours, the Empire Ability was hit, caught fire and sank after 21 minutes.

The master, 34 crew members, four gunners and one passenger (DBS) from the River Lugar (Master William Frame) were lost. Six crew members were picked up by HMS Burdock (K 126) (T/Lt H.J. Fellows, SANFVR) and landed at Milford Haven.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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