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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


El Lago

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 11, 1942
U-Boat Attack in North Atlantic
El Lago was torpedoed by U-615 and U-607 while en route From Reykjavik, Iceland to New York. The ship had slowed due to a storm with heavy seas and hurricane winds. The torpedoes struck amidships splitting El Lago and sinking both sections in less than a minute. The Master and 1st Engineer of El Lago were taken prisoner, the rest of the crew were left to the elements. No survivors were ever found.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 24

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ens James Schaffer USN
A.B. Reidar Thorsen USMM
Sea 1c Walford Tuten USN
A.B. Gudmund Vag USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking