Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Eve

British Catapult armed merchant



Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameEmpire Eve
Type:Catapult armed merchant (CAM)
Tonnage5,979 tons
Completed1941 - Wm. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerHeadlam & Sons, Whitby 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack18 May 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-414 (Walther Huth)
Position36° 37'N, 0° 46'E - Grid CH 8430
Complement86 (5 dead and 81 survivors).
ConvoyKMS-14
RouteCardiff - Milford Haven (4 May) - Algiers 
Cargo6500 tons of coal and 250 tons of lubricating oil 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

On 18 May 1943, U-414 attacked the convoy KMS-14 (combined with UGS-8) northeast of Mostaganem, Algeria, damaged the Fort Anne and sank the Empire Eve.

The master, 55 crew members, 12 gunners and 13 RAF personnel from the Empire Eve (Master Lawrence Zebedee Weatherill) were picked up by the British boom defence ship HMS Barfoil (Z 194) (Lt G.F. Williams) and a LCT and landed at Algiers. Five crew members were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Eve.

ship sunk.


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