Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Explorer

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Explorer
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,345 tons
Completed1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack9 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-575 (G√ľnther Heydemann)
Position11° 40'N, 60° 55'W - Grid ED 9679
Complement78 (3 dead and 75 survivors).
RouteDemerara - Trinidad (8 Jul) - Barbados - UK 
Cargo4000 tons of sugar, 1000 tons of pitch and 200 bags of mail 

built as British steam passenger ship Inanda (5985 tons) for T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool.

On 9 Sep 1940, the Inanda was bombed and sunk during an air raid on the London docks. Later raised, rebuilt and renamed Empire Explorer by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 

Notes on event

At 02.47 hours on 9 July 1942 the unescorted Empire Explorer (Master Edgar Buckingham Stephens) was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-575 west of Tobago. Three crew members were lost. The master, 66 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the British HMS MTB-337 and landed at Tobago.
U-575 reported the ship under her former name Inanda.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Explorer.

ship sunk.

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