British Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S Fredrikstad|
|Owner||James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith|
|Date of attack||28 Jul 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-203 (Rolf Mützelburg)|
|Position||40° 36'N, 15° 30'W - Grid CG 1784|
|Complement||26 (0 dead and 26 survivors).|
|Route||London - Lisbon|
|Cargo||950 tons of tinplate and general cargo|
|History||Completed in May 1936 as Norwegian Honnor for A/S Ameta (S. Ugelstad), Oslo. 1937 sold to Britain and renamed Lapland for James Currie & Co Ltd, Leith. |
|Notes on event|
Between 21.27 and 21.28 hours on 28 July 1941, U-203 fired four torpedoes on merchants and a destroyer in convoy OG-69 northwest of Cape Finisterre and had to dive after the attack. Mützelburg interpreted the heard detonations and sinking noises and reported three ships sunk and a destroyer probably damaged. In fact, only the Norita and Lapland were hit and sunk.
The master, 22 crew members and three gunners from the Lapland (Master James Stuart Brown) were picked up by HMS Rhododendron (K 78) (LtCdr W.N.H. Faichney, DSO, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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