British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Walter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||21 Sep 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-138 (Wolfgang Lüth)|
|Position||55.48N, 07.22W - Grid AM 5318|
|Complement||39 (21 dead and 18 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - Wabana, Conception Bay|
|History||Completed in February 1921 as British Eastney for Romney SS Co (Fawcett, Coverdale & Co), London. 1924 sold to France and renamed Germaine L.D. for Louis Dreyfus & Cie, Dunkirk. 1932 sold to Italy and renamed Andrea for Società Anonima di Navigazione Corrado, Genoa. On 10 Jun, 1940, the ship was seized by Britain at Newcastle and was renamed Empire Adventure by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 02.27 hours on 21 Sep, 1940, the Empire Adventure (Master Thomas O. Phinn) in convoy OB-216 was torpedoed and damaged by U-138 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island. The ship was taken in tow by HMS Superman to the Clyde but sank on 23 September. The master and 20 crew members were lost. 18 crew members were picked up by Industria and landed at Belfast.
|On board||We have details of 21 people who were on board.|
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