Ships hit by U-boats

Lake Osweya

American Motor merchant

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NameLake Osweya
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage2,398 tons
Completed1918 - Saginaw Shipbuilding Co, Saginaw MI 
OwnerFord Motor Co, Detroit MI 
Date of attack20 Feb 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position43° 14'N, 64° 45'W - Grid BB 7884
Complement39 (39 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew York - Halifax - Reykjavik 
CargoGeneral cargo 
Notes on event

On 19 Feb 1942 the unescorted Lake Osweya (Master Karl E. Prinz) followed three miles behind the Empire Seal, while they approached Halifax. When the British ship was sunk by U-96 at 23.29 hours, the Lake Osweya tried to escape by changing course and zigzagging. But at 04.53 hours on 20 February, the vessel was struck amidships by one torpedo fired by U-96 from a distance of 500 yards, broke in two and sank quickly by the bow. Lehmann-Willenbrock reported that three lifeboats were launched, but none of the eight officers, 22 crewmen and nine armed guards (the ship was armed with two 3in guns) were ever found.

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