British Motor merchant
|Completed||1922 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Royal Mail Lines Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||6 Oct 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-32 (Paul Büchel)|
|Position||51° 24'N, 4° 00'W - Grid AM 9865|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Newport - Vancouver|
|Cargo||General cargo, including AA guns|
|History||Completed in December 1922|
The badly damaged Lochgoil was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), rebuilt in 1940 as CAM ship Empire Rowan (9545 grt) and returned to service in July 1941. On 27 Mar 1943, the ship was in convoy KMS-11 and torpedoed by an Italian SM79 aircraft north of Philippeville in 37°16N/06°54E. She was beached northwest of Bone and declared a total loss. On 8 Jan 1951, the wreck blew up due to unknown reason, but it is believed that unofficial salvage work caused the cargo of ammunition to explode.
|Notes on event|
At 16.20 hours on 6 Oct 1939 the Lochgoil struck a mine laid on 17 September by U-32 about five miles off Scarweather Light Vessel in the Bristol Channel. She was run aground in Mumbles Bay, salvaged on 28 November and repaired at Swansea.
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