Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Eland

British Steam merchant


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NameEmpire Eland
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,613 tons
Completed1920 - Long Beach Shipbuilding Co, Long Beach CA 
OwnerDouglas & Ramsay, Glasgow 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack15 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-94 (Otto Ites)
Position54N, 28W - Grid AK 6764
Complement38 (38 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyON-14 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - Mobile - Tampa 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in July 1920 as West Kedron for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1928 transferred to American West African Line (Barber SS Co), New York. 1933 returned to US Shipping Board (USSB). 1937 laid up as part of the reserve fleet by the US Maritime Commission. 1940 handed over to Britain and renamed Empire Eland by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 23.48 hours on 15 Sep, 1941, the Empire Eland (Master Donald Cameron Sinclair), a straggler from convoy ON-14, was hit by one torpedo from U-94 southeast of Cape Farewell. The ship had been first spotted at 14.00 hours, but the lookouts shortly afterwards spotted another straggler from the same convoy and sank the Pegasus first. The U-boat then chased and torpedoed Empire Eland. At 23.57 hours, a first coup de grĂ¢ce missed but the ship sank by the stern after being hit aft by a second at 00.30 hours on 16 September. The Germans had observed how the crew abandoned ship after the first hit. However, the master, 32 crew members and five gunners were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Eland.

ship sunk.


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