Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Fusilier

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Fusilier
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,408 tons
Completed1921 - Società Anonima Santieri Cerusa, Genoa-Voltri 
OwnerWatts, Watts & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-85 (Eberhard Greger)
Position44° 45'N, 47° 25'W - Grid BC 8179
Complement47 (9 dead and 38 survivors).
ConvoyON-60 (dispersed)
RouteTyne - Tampa, Florida 
History Completed in June 1921 as Mincio for Pietro Ravano fu Marco, Genoa. On 10 Jun 1940, seized by Britain at Liverpool and renamed Empire Fusilier by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 20.20 hours on 9 Feb 1942 the Empire Fusilier (Master William Reid), dispersed from convoy ON-60, was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-85 after a chase of 7 hours southeast of St. Johns, Newfoundland. The ship immediately settled by the stern and sank after a boiler explosion. Nine crew members were lost. The master, 31 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMCS Barrie (K 138) (Chief Skipper G.N. Downey, RCNR) and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Fusilier.

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