British Steam tanker
|Completed||1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Hadley Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||13 Apr 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-154 (Walther Kölle)|
|Position||15° 03'N, 69° 27'W - Grid EC 6299|
|Complement||47 (47 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New Orleans (5 Apr) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||12,000 tons of motor spirit|
|History||Completed in December 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)|
On 23 January 1942 the Empire Amethyst picked up five survivors from the Innerøy, which had been sunk by U-553 (Thurmann) and landed them at Halifax.
|Notes on event|
At 05.52 hours on 13 April 1942 the unescorted Empire Amethyst (Master Geoffrey Durbridge Potter) was hit on the starboard side underneath the bridge and aft by two G7e torpedoes from U-154 while steaming on a zigzag course at 11 knots about 150 miles north-northeast of Aruba. The U-boat had chased the ship for almost 16 hours before reaching a favorable attack position and firing the torpedoes from a distance of less than 500 meters. The tanker immediately caught fire from stem to stern and broke in two after an explosion in the stern. The aft part sank after 5 minutes and the rest of the wreck 10 minutes later, leaving a large patch of oil that was seen to burn for two hours. The master, 40 crew members and six gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 47 people who were on board.|
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