Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Cloud

British Steam merchant


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NameEmpire Cloud
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,969 tons
Completed1941 - Wm. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerAllan, Black & Co, Sunderland 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack19 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position11° 58'N, 62° 38'W - Grid ED 9453
Complement54 (3 dead and 51 survivors).
ConvoyTAW(S)
RouteDurban - Trinidad (18 Aug) - Philadephia - New York 
CargoBallast 
History

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.
In fact, the British Consul and the Empire Cloud were hit. The first was probably sunk by more than one torpedo and the latter remained afloat.

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 boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

Attack entries for Empire Cloud

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
9 May 1941U-201Oblt. Adalbert SchneeDamaged5,969  
19 Aug 1942U-564Kptlt. Reinhard SuhrenSunk5,969  

Locations of attacks on Empire Cloud.

ship sunk. ship damaged.


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