British Steam tanker
|Completed||1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||29 Jun 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)|
|Position||29.25N, 85.17W - Grid DB 4987|
|Complement||47 (33 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Houston, Texas - New Orleans, Louisiana - Key West - UK|
|Cargo||12.000 tons of vapourising oil|
|History||Completed in July 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 07.50 hours on 29 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Empire Mica (Master Hugh Gordon Bradford Bentley) was hit on the port side by two G7a torpedoes from U-67 in the Gulf of Mexico southwest of Cape St. George, Florida. The tanker immediately caught fire, exploded and sank after breaking apart. Two of the three launched lifeboats were caught in the flaming oil on the surface and its occupants died. 33 crew members were lost. The master, seven crew members and six gunners were picked up by the motor boats Sea Dream and Countess from Apalachicola and landed at Panama City.
|On board||We have details of 34 people who were on board.|
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