Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Sunrise

British Steam merchant


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NameEmpire Sunrise
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,459 tons
Completed1941 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerLawther, Latta & Co (Nitrate Producers SS Co), London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-84 (Horst Uphoff)
Position51° 50'N, 46° 25'W - Grid AJ 8674
Complement51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).
ConvoySC-107 (straggler)
RouteThree Rivers - Sydney (28 Oct) - Belfast 
Cargo10.000 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 grĂ¢ce. 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

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
2 Nov 1942U-402Kptlt. Siegfried Freiherr von ForstnerDamaged7,459  
2 Nov 1942U-84Kptlt. Horst UphoffSunk7,459  

Locations of attacks on Empire Sunrise.

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