British Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp, San Pedro CA|
|Owner||John Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||11 Sep 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-82 (Siegfried Rollmann)|
|Position||63.14N, 37.12W - Grid AD 7143|
|Complement||49 (49 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Philadelphia - Sydney (30 Aug) - Hull|
|Cargo||6686 tons of steel and 4 tons of relief goods|
|History||Built as American West Amargosa for US Shipping Board, Los Angeles; 1937 transferred to US Maritime Commission and laid up as part of the Reserve fleet.|
On 14 Nov, 1940, given to Britain and renamed Empire Crossbill by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) for Sir W. Reardon Smith & Sons, the same year given to John Morrison & Son.
|Notes on loss|
At 07.05 hours on 11 Sep, 1941, U-82 fired three torpedoes at three ships in the convoy SC-42 east of Cape Farewell and observed two hits. The Empire Crossbill sank immediately and the Scania was later sunk by U-202 (Linder).
The Empire Crossbill (Master Eric Robinson Townend) sank with all hands: the master, 37 crew members, ten gunners and one passenger were lost.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 43 people who were on this vessel|
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