Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Burton

British Catapult armed merchant


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NameEmpire Burton
Type:Catapult armed merchant (CAM)
Tonnage6,966 tons
Completed1941 - Short Bros, Sunderland 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack20 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position61.34N, 35.05W - Grid AD 7851
Complement60 (2 dead and 58 survivors).
ConvoySC-44
RouteHalifax - Sydney (11 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo9106 tons of wheat 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 01.13 hours on 20 Sep, 1941, U-74 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the convoy SC-44 east of Cape Farewell. Kentrat reported two hits on a first ship and one hit on a second vessel, which sank later. The fourth torpedo hit a third ship but was a dud. However, only the Empire Burton (Master John Mitchell) was hit and sunk. One crew member and one gunner were lost. The master, 47 crew members, four gunners and six passengers (RAF personnel) were picked up by the British corvette HMS Honeysuckle (K 27) (LtCdr G.W. Gregorie) and landed at Reykjavik.

 
On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Burton.

ship sunk.


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