British Steam tanker
|Completed||1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||11 Sep 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-584 (Joachim Deecke)|
|Position||51.23N, 28.13W - Grid AK 9881|
|Complement||53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Swansea - Milford Haven (3 Sep) - New York|
|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.
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 board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Empire Oil
|10 Sep 1942||U-659||Kptlt. Hans Stock||Damaged||8,029|
|11 Sep 1942||U-584||Kptlt. Joachim Deecke||Sunk||8,029|
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