British Motor merchant
|Completed||1941 - Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Stott, Mann & Fleming Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||13 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-558 (Günther Krech)|
|Position||12° 07'N, 63° 32'W - Grid ED 8375|
|Complement||47 (0 dead and 47 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad (12 Sep) - St.John, New Brunswick|
|Cargo||8842 tons of bauxite|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 06.22 and 06.23 hours on 13 Sep 1942, U-558 fired three torpedoes at ships in the convoy TAG-5 and observed hits on three ships after 1 minute 50 seconds, 1 minute 59 seconds and 2 minutes 40 seconds, but made no visual confirmation due to operations of the escorts. In fact, two ships had been hit, the Suriname and Empire Lugard.
The master, 35 crew members, ten gunners and one signalman from Empire Lugard (Master C.K. Nielsen) were picked up by the Vilja and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad.
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