British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Lawther, Latta & Co (Nitrate Producers SS Co), London|
|Date of attack||2 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-84 (Horst Uphoff)|
|Position||51° 50'N, 46° 25'W - Grid AJ 8674|
|Complement||51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||Three Rivers - Sydney (28 Oct) - Belfast|
|Cargo||10.000 tons of steel and timber|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 02.00 hours on 2 Nov 1942, U-402 (Forstner) fired a torpedo at the convoy SC-107 about 500 miles east of Belle Isle (Grid AJ 8836) and heard a possible hit after 2 minutes 20 seconds, but in fact the torpedo detonated near the ship in station #53 of the convoy. At 02.05 hours, U-402 attacked again and struck the Empire Sunrise with one torpedo.
At 05.21 hours on 2 November, U-84 sank the damaged Empire Sunrise (Master Arthur William Hawkins) with a coup de grâce. The master, 45 crew members and five gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea OBE) and landed at Reykjavik on 8 November.
Attack entries for Empire Sunrise
|2 Nov 1942||U-402||Kptlt. Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner||Damaged||7,459|
|2 Nov 1942||U-84||Kptlt. Horst Uphoff||Sunk||7,459|
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