British Motor merchant
|Completed||1940 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Court Line Ltd (Haldin & Philipps Ltd), London|
|Date of attack||19 Jul 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||42° 38'N, 25° 28'W - Grid CE 3341|
|Complement||48 (7 dead and 41 survivors).|
|Route||Leith - Oban (11 Jul) - Capetown - Middle East|
|Cargo||6000 tons of government stores, including 2 naval launches as deck cargo|
|History||Completed in June 1940 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.30 hours on 19 July 1942, U-564 attacked convoy OS-34 about 200 miles north of the Azores and observed four detonations between 1 minute 15 seconds and 1 minute 27 seconds after firing. Suhren thought that he had hit four ships. However, only the Empire Hawksbill and Lavington Court were hit at this time. There were probably two hits each on the two ships.
Five crew members, one gunner and one passenger (military personnel) from the Lavington Court (Master John William Sutherland) were lost. The ship was taken in tow by two tugs, but foundered on 1 August southwest of Ireland in 49°40N/18°04W. The master, 33 crew members, five gunners and two passengers were picked up by HMS Wellington (L 65) (LtCdr W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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