British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||15 Jul 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)|
|Position||21° 27'S, 51° 47'E - Grid KF 9169|
|Complement||38 (31 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Durban - Aden|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 18.01 hours on 15 July 1943 the unescorted Empire Lake (Master Richard John Sproul) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 about 240 miles east of Madagascar. The master, 24 crew members and six gunners were lost. Five crew members and two gunners landed at Farafangana, Madagascar.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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