Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Lancer

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameEmpire Lancer
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,037 tons
Completed1942 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack16 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-862 (Heinrich Timm)
Position15° 00'S, 44° 00'E - Grid KE 3277
Complement79 (42 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteDurban - Majunga - Tamatave - Aden - UK 
Cargo2000 tons of copper and 1000 tons of military stores 
History Completed in November 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

On 16 Aug 1944 the unescorted Empire Lancer (Master Maxime Jollivet) was torpedoed and sunk by U-862 in the Mozambique Channel. The master, 36 crew members and five gunners were lost. 34 crew members and three gunners landed 60 miles south of Lumbo, Portuguese East Africa ten days later.

On boardWe have details of 45 people who were on board

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