Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Reindeer

British Steam merchant


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NameEmpire Reindeer
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,259 tons
Completed1919 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ 
OwnerCanadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack10 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-660 (Götz Baur)
Position57.00N, 22.30W - Grid AL 2913
Complement65 (0 dead and 65 survivors).
ConvoySC-94
RouteMontreal - Sydney (31 Jul) - Hull 
Cargo5950 tons of general cargo and government stores 
History Completed in July 1919 as Clairton for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1937 laid up as reserve. 1941 transferred to Britain and renamed Empire Reindeer for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 12.20 hours on 10 Aug, 1942, U-660 fired a single torpedo, followed one minute later by a spread of two and then another single torpedo at the convoy SC-94 south of Iceland from the starboard side. They heard a detonation after 47 seconds, two more after 1 minute 30 seconds and a fourth after another 50 seconds. At 12.21 hours, U-438 (Franzius) attacked the convoy from the port side and observed a detonation after 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The Condylis was struck by a torpedo on both the port and the starboard side, so she must have been hit by both U-boats. The Oregon, Empire Reindeer and Cape Race were all hit on the starboard side and so must have been hit by U-660. Oregon was only damaged and fell behind the convoy where she was finished off by U-438 later that day.

The master, 55 crew members and nine gunners from the Empire Reindeer (Master William Edward Bacon) were picked up by HMS Dianthus (K 95) (LtCdr C.E. Bridgman, RNR) and HMS Nasturtium (K 107) (Lt C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and landed at Liverpool on 14 August.

 

Location of attack on Empire Reindeer.

ship sunk.


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