Fort Cedar Lake
British Steam merchant
|Name||Fort Cedar Lake|
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - North Vancouver Ship Repairs Ltd, North Vancouver BC|
|Owner||Hain SS Co, London|
|Date of attack||17 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-665 (Hans-Jürgen Haupt)|
|Position||52.14N, 32.15W - Grid BD 2113|
|Complement||50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).|
|Route||Vancouver - Panama - New York (5 Mar) - Belfast Lough|
|History||Completed in December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 03.05 hours on 17 Mar, 1943, U-338 (Kinzel) fired a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy SC-122 southeast of Cape Farewell and Kinzel thought that he had hit one ship, but in fact the Kingsbury in station #51 and the King Gruffydd in station #52 were hit and sunk. At 03.06 hours, a second spread of two torpedoes was fired, one of them struck the Alderamin in station #61, which sank later in 51°30N/34°55W. At 03.07 hours, the stern torpedo was fired, which missed the intended target, the Alderamin, but damaged the Fort Cedar Lake in station #124.
The Fort Cedar Lake (Master Charles Lloyde Collings) on her maiden voyage fell behind the convoy and was finished off by U-665 with a coup de grâce at 11.57 hours. The master, 42 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Zamalek (Master Owen Charles Morris, DSO) and landed at Gourock on 22 March.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Fort Cedar Lake
|17 Mar 1943||U-338||Kptlt. Manfred Kinzel||Damaged||7,134|
|17 Mar 1943||U-665||Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Haupt||Sunk||7,134|
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