Ships hit by U-boats

Lady Hawkins

Canadian Steam passenger ship

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NameLady Hawkins
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,988 tons
Completed1928 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerCanadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack19 Jan 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position35° 00'N, 72° 30'W - Grid CA 8997
Complement322 (251 dead and 71 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Halifax - Boston (16 Jan) - Bermuda - Georgetown, British Guiana 
Cargo2908 tons of general cargo and 213 passengers 
History Completed in November 1928 
Notes on event

At 07.43 hours on 19 January 1942 the unescorted Lady Hawkins (Master Huntly Osborne Giffin) was hit by two stern torpedoes from U-66 and sank after 30 minutes about 150 miles east of Cape Hatteras. The master, 86 crew members, one gunner and 163 passengers (including four DBS) were lost. The chief officer, 20 crew members and 50 passengers were picked up after five days by the Coamo and landed at San Juan, Puerto Rico on 28 January.

On boardWe have details of 298 people who were on board

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