British Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Società Anonima Santieri Cerusa, Genoa-Voltri|
|Owner||Watts, Watts & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||9 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-85 (Eberhard Greger)|
|Position||44° 45'N, 47° 25'W - Grid BC 8179|
|Complement||47 (9 dead and 38 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - 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 board||We have details of 11 people who were on board.|
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