Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Lakeland

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Lakeland
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,015 tons
Completed1942 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerBlue Star Line Ltd, London 
HomeportSouth Shields 
Date of attack8 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-190 (Max Wintermeyer)
Position58° 03'N, 28° 12'W - Grid AK 3814
Complement64 (64 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-121 (straggler)
RouteNew York (23 Feb) - Glasgow 
Cargo7805 tons of refrigerated and general cargo 
History Completed in November 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 21.55 hours on 8 March 1943, U-190 sank an unescorted freighter with two torpedoes about 500 miles east of Cape Farewell. The victim was probably the Empire Lakeland (Master Frederick John Gudgin) which was reported missing after straggling from convoy SC-121 and presumed lost in approx. 58°N/15°W. The master, 55 crew members and eight gunners were lost.

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