British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Monarch SS Co Ltd (Raeburn & Vérel Ltd), Glasgow|
|Date of attack||16 Apr 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-403 (Heinz-Ehlert Clausen)|
|Position||73.48N, 21.50E - Grid AC 4157|
|Complement||62 (25 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - Reykjavik (8 Apr) - Murmansk|
|Cargo||2000 tons of war materials, including army trucks|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 14.45 hours on 16 Apr, 1942, the Empire Howard (Master John McDonald Downie), the ship of the convoy commodore in convoy PQ-14, was torpedoed by U-403 northwest of North Cape. The vessel sank in 57 seconds. The Commodore E. Rees DSC RNR, three of his staff, 18 crew members and three gunners were lost. The master and eight crew members were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Lord Middleton (FY 219) (Lt R.H. Jameson) and 21 crew members, three gunners, two of the naval staff and two passengers were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Northern Wave (FY 153) (Lt W.G. Pardoe-Matthews) and landed at Polarnoe near Murmansk.
|On board||We have details of 28 people who were on board.|
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