British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Wm. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Allan, Black & Co, Sunderland|
|Date of attack||19 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||11.58N, 62.38W - Grid ED 9453|
|Complement||54 (3 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||Durban - Trinidad (18 Aug) - Philadephia - New York|
Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)
At 14.26 and 14.28 hours on 9 May, 1941, U-201 (Schnee) attacked the convoy OB-318 east-northeast of Cape Farewell in grid AK 2181 (61°00N/32°30W), sank the Gregalia and badly damaged the Empire Cloud.
The very heavily listing Empire Cloud was abandoned and the British A/S trawler HMS St. Apollo protected the drifting ship. The Dutch tug Thames was sent out from Reykjavik, arriving on the 13 May and took the vessel in tow. With a speed of six knots they arrived at Greenock, where she was repaired and returned to service.
|Notes on event|
At 10.07, 10.08 and 10.10 hours on 19 Aug, 1942, U-564 fired torpedoes at the convoy TAW(S) northeast of Trinidad and observed three hits after 2 minutes 5 seconds and one after 2 minutes 50 seconds. Suhren claimed that he sank two ships and damaged two. At 13.56 hours, the U-boat attacked again in grid ED 9416 and heard hits after 59 seconds and 1 minute 19 seconds, but they were probably prematures or duds.
The Empire Cloud (Master Charles Cottew Brown) was taken in tow by the Dutch tug Roode Zee, but sank in 10°54N/62°10W on 21 August. Three crew members were lost. The master, 42 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by ships in the convoy and landed at Key West, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Empire Cloud
|9 May 1941||U-201||Oblt. Adalbert Schnee||Damaged||5,969|
|19 Aug 1942||U-564||Reinhard Suhren||Sunk||5,969|
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