Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,466 tons
Completed1923 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerPacific Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-658 (Hans Senkel)
Position18° 45'N, 75° 04'W - Grid DN 7892
Complement58 (0 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteCristobal - Guantanamo Bay - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo, including ore, cereals, cotton and hemp 
History Completed in July 1923. On 31 May 1942, the Laguna picked up 17 survivors from a lifeboat of Yorkmoor, which had been sunk by U-506 (W├╝rdemann) three days earlier.

Broken up at Barrow-in-Furness in August 1952. 
Notes on event

At 06.19 on 17 Aug 1942, U-658 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy PG-6 in the Windward Passage west of Haiti and hit the Fort la Reine with the first torpedo after 3 minutes 50 seconds and observed the ship sinking after eight minutes. The second torpedo hit the Laguna after 4 minutes 10 seconds and Senkel reported the sinking of this ship, but could not observe it.
At 06.20 hours, the U-boat fired a second spread of two torpedoes and observed one hit after 5 minutes 15 seconds on the Samir, which caught fire and sank after five minutes.

The Laguna was towed to Guantanamo, was repaired at Galveston and returned to service in November 1942.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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