Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Leopard

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameEmpire Leopard
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,676 tons
Completed1917 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerMaritime Shipping & Trading Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Position52° 26'N, 45° 22'W - Grid AJ 8658
Complement42 (39 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteBotwood - St.Johns (29 Oct) - Sydney - Belfast - Avonmouth 
Cargo7410 tons of zinc concentrates and munitions 
History Launched as British War Flame, completed December 1917 as American West Haven for US Shipping Board, Seattle; 1918/19 in the US Navy for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service; 1929 renamed Marian Otis Chandler for Los Angeles SS Co, Los Angeles; 1935 sold to Matson SS Co, Los Angeles 1938 renamed Onemea for Matson Navigation Co, San Francisco.
1940 given to Britain and was renamed Empire Leopard by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 08.03 hours on 2 Nov 1942, U-402 fired torpedoes at the convoy SC-107 about 500 miles east of Belle Isle and sank two ships, the Empire Leopard and Empire Antelope.

The master, 31 crew members and seven gunners from the Empire Leopard (Master John Evan Evans) were lost. Three crew members were picked up by the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea OBE) and landed at Reykjavik on 8 November.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Leopard.

ship sunk.

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