Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Cedar Lake

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Cedar Lake
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,134 tons
Completed1942 - North Vancouver Ship Repairs Ltd, North Vancouver BC 
OwnerHain SS Co, London 
Date of attack17 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-665 (Hans-Jürgen Haupt)
Position52° 14'N, 32° 15'W - Grid BD 2113
Complement50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoySC-122 (straggler)
RouteVancouver - Panama - New York (5 Mar) - Belfast Lough 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 03.05 hours on 17 March 1943, U-338 (Kinzel) fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy SC-122 southeast of Cape Farewell and Kinzel thought that he had hit one ship, but in fact the Kingsbury in station #51 and the King Gruffydd in station #52 were hit and sunk. At 03.06 hours, a second spread of two torpedoes was fired, one of them struck the Alderamin in station #61, which sank later in 51°30N/34°55W. At 03.07 hours, the stern torpedo was fired, which missed the intended target, the Alderamin, but damaged the Fort Cedar Lake in station #124.

The Fort Cedar Lake (Master Charles Lloyde Collings) on her maiden voyage fell behind convoy and was finished off by U-665 with a coup de grâce at 11.57 hours. The master, 42 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Zamalek (Master Owen Charles Morris, DSO) and landed at Gourock on 22 March.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Attack entries for Fort Cedar Lake

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
17 Mar 1943U-338Kptlt. Manfred KinzelDamaged7,134  
17 Mar 1943U-665Oblt. (R) Hans-Jürgen HauptSunk7,134  

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