Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Lugard

British Motor merchant

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NameEmpire Lugard
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,241 tons
Completed1941 - Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerStott, Mann & Fleming Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack13 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-558 (G√ľnther Krech)
Position12° 07'N, 63° 32'W - Grid ED 8375
Complement47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).
RouteTrinidad (12 Sep) - St.John, New Brunswick 
Cargo8842 tons of bauxite 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 06.22 and 06.23 hours on 13 Sep 1942, U-558 fired three torpedoes at ships in convoy TAG-5 and observed hits on three ships after 1 minute 50 seconds, 1 minute 59 seconds and 2 minutes 40 seconds, but made no visual confirmation due to operations of the escorts. In fact, two ships had been hit, the Suriname and Empire Lugard.

The master, 35 crew members, ten gunners and one signalman from Empire Lugard (Master C.K. Nielsen) were picked up by the Vilja and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad.


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