Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Oil

British Steam tanker


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NameEmpire Oil
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,029 tons
Completed1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerAnglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London 
HomeportMiddlesbrough 
Date of attack11 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-584 (Joachim Deecke)
Position51° 23'N, 28° 13'W - Grid AK 9881
Complement53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).
ConvoyON-127 (straggler)
RouteSwansea - Milford Haven (3 Sep) - New York 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in May 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 21.10 hours on 10 Sep 1942, U-659 (Stock) attacked the convoy ON-127 southwest of Iceland and reported hits on two ships. In fact, two torpedoes hit the Empire Oil (Master Edward Marshall) at the bow and stern and stopped the tanker.
At 01.47 hours the next day, U-584 sank the drifting Empire Oil with two coups de grĂ¢ce.

The master, 12 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMCS St. Croix (I 81) (A/LtCdr A.N. Dobson, RCNR) and landed at St. Johns on 15 September. 29 crew members and five gunners were picked up by the HMCS Ottawa (H 60) (A/LtCdr C.A. Rutherford, RCN). On 14 September, 13 crew members and five gunners were lost when the destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by U-91 (Walkerling).

 
On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Attack entries for Empire Oil

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
10 Sep 1942U-659Kptlt. Hans StockDamaged8,029  
11 Sep 1942U-584Kptlt. Joachim DeeckeSunk8,029  

Locations of attacks on Empire Oil.

ship sunk. ship damaged.


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