Ships hit by U-boats

Lavington Court

British Motor merchant

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NameLavington Court
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,372 tons
Completed1940 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerCourt Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London 
Date of attack19 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position42° 38'N, 25° 28'W - Grid CE 3341
Complement48 (7 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteLeith - Oban (11 Jul) - Capetown - Middle East 
Cargo6000 tons of government stores, including 2 naval launches as deck cargo 
History Completed in June 1940 
Notes on event

At 02.30 hours on 19 July 1942, U-564 attacked convoy OS-34 about 200 miles north of the Azores and observed four detonations between 1 minute 15 seconds and 1 minute 27 seconds after firing. Suhren thought that he had hit four ships. However, only the Empire Hawksbill and Lavington Court were hit at this time. There were probably two hits each on the two ships.

Five crew members, one gunner and one passenger (military personnel) from the Lavington Court (Master John William Sutherland) were lost. The ship was taken in tow by two tugs, but foundered on 1 August southwest of Ireland in 49°40N/18°04W. The master, 33 crew members, five gunners and two passengers were picked up by HMS Wellington (L 65) (LtCdr W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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