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|Completed||1919 - Moore Shipbuilding Co, Oakland CA|
|Owner||Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||21 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-163 (Kurt-Eduard Engelmann)|
|Position||13° 05'N, 56° 20'W - Grid EE 8229|
|Complement||55 (0 dead and 55 survivors).|
|Route||La Plata - Rio de Janeiro (31 Oct) - Trinidad - UK|
|Cargo||5500 tons of frozen meat, including corned beef and general cargo|
|History||Built as American Nockum for US Shipping Board, San Francisco; 1937 transferred to US Maritime Commission, San Francisco and laid up as reserve.|
1941 given to Britain and renamed Empire Starling by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
|Notes on event|
At 22.37 hours on 21 Nov 1942 the unescorted Empire Starling (Master Eric Monckton MBE) was torpedoed and sunk by U-163 180 miles northeast of Barbados. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 6 January and was taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 46 crew members, seven gunners and one passenger (DBS) landed at Speightstown, Barbados, and Pointe du Vieux Fort, Guadeloupe.
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