British Steam tanker
|Completed||1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Sir James German & Co Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||24 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-158 (Erwin Rostin)|
|Position||43° 50'N, 43° 38'W - Grid BC 9475|
|Complement||53 (6 dead and 47 survivors).|
|Route||Greenock - Halifax - New York|
|History||Completed in December 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 08.55 hours on 24 Feb 1942, U-158 attacked the convoy ONS-67 about 420 miles south-southeast of St. Johns and observed two hits on the Empire Celt with columns of fire and of water, although the sinking was not seen.
The Empire Celt (Master Edward McCreadie) later broke in two, the stern part remained afloat and was last seen in 46°45N/51°27W on 4 March. Four crew members and two gunners were lost. The master and 22 survivors were picked up by the Canadian rescue ship Citadelle and 24 survivors by HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) (Lt J.K. Craig, RNVR) and landed at St. Johns on 27 February.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
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