Ships hit by U-boats

Lady Hawkins

Canadian Steam passenger ship

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NameLady Hawkins
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,988 tons
Completed1928 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerCanadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack19 Jan 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position35° 00'N, 72° 30'W - Grid CA 8997
Complement322 (251 dead and 71 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Halifax - Boston - Bermuda 
Cargo2908 tons of general cargo and 213 passengers 
History Completed in November 1928 
Notes on event

At 07.43 hours on 19 Jan 1942 the unescorted Lady Hawkins (Master Huntly Osborne Giffen) was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-66 and sank after 30 minutes about 150 miles from Cape Hatteras. The master, 85 crew members, one gunner and 164 passengers (including two DBS) were lost. The chief officer, 21 crew members and 49 passengers were picked up after five days by the Coamo and landed at Puerto Rico on 28 January.

The chief officer Percy A. Kelly was awarded the MBE and the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.

On boardWe have details of 208 people who were on board

Location of attack on Lady Hawkins.

ship sunk.

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