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|Completed||1919 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal|
|Date of attack||10 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-660 (Götz Baur)|
|Position||57° 00'N, 22° 30'W - Grid AL 2913|
|Complement||65 (0 dead and 65 survivors).|
|Route||Montreal - Sydney (31 Jul) - Hull|
|Cargo||5950 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 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.
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