British Steam merchant
|Completed||1937 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Campbell Brothers & Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||27 Jun 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-69 (Jost Metzler)|
|Position||24° 00'N, 21° 00'W - Grid DT 3898|
|Complement||46 (40 dead and 6 survivors).|
|Route||Pepel - Freetown (18 Jun) - Barry Roads|
|Cargo||9250 tons of iron ore|
|History||Completed in August 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 01.19 hours on 27 June 1941, U-69 fired a spread of two torpedoes at two overlapping steamers in convoy SL-78 about 200 miles southeast of the Azores and heard one detonation, but no hit can be confirmed from Allied sources. At 01.49 hours, another torpedo was fired that hit the River Lugar amidships, which broke in two and sank within seconds. In a third attack at 02.37 hours, the Empire Ability was hit, caught fire and sank after 21 minutes.
The master, 34 crew members, four gunners and one passenger (DBS) from the River Lugar (Master William Frame) were lost. Six crew members were picked up by HMS Burdock (K 126) (T/Lt H.J. Fellows, SANFVR) and landed at Milford Haven.
|On board||We have details of 40 people who were on board.|
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