Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Lake

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Lake
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,852 tons
Completed1941 - Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerJ.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack15 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position21° 27'S, 51° 47'E - Grid KF 9169
Complement38 (31 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteDurban - Aden 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 18.01 hours on 15 July 1943 the unescorted Empire Lake (Master Richard John Sproul) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 about 240 miles east of Madagascar. The master, 24 crew members and six gunners were lost. Five crew members and two gunners landed at Farafangana, Madagascar.

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