British Motor merchant
|Completed||1941 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Owner||Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||17 Aug 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-197 (Robert Bartels)|
|Position||27.08S, 48.15E - Grid KQ 6676|
|Complement||54 (25 dead and 29 survivors).|
|Route||Lourenço Marques - Durban (13 Aug) - Aden - Beirut|
|Cargo||8890 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in September 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) as catapult armed merchant (CAM). The catapult was removed in 1942. |
|Notes on event|
At 15.50 hours on 17 Aug, 1943, the unescorted Empire Stanley (Master Arthur John Pilditch, MBE) was torpedoed and sunk by U-197 south-southeast of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar. The master, 18 crew members, five gunners and one passenger were lost. On 20 August, 17 crew members, two gunners and one passenger were picked up by the British motor merchant Socotra and landed at Bombay ten days later. Nine crew members were picked up by HMS Thyme (K 210) (Lt H. Roach, RNR) and landed at Durban on 29 August.
|On board||We have details of 54 people who were on board.|
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