British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland|
|Owner||Joseph Robinson & Sons, North Shields|
|Date of attack||11 May 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Richard von Harpe)|
|Position||29° 31'S, 29° 50'W - Grid FR 4583|
|Complement||58 (57 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Victoria, Brazil (9 May) - Freetown - Loch Ewe|
Completed in June 1941 as CAM ship for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), intially managed by Mark Whitwill & Son Ltd and since 1942 by Joseph Robinson & Sons.
|Notes on event|
At 14.45 hours on 11 May 1944, U-129 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the unescorted Empire Heath (Master William Thompson Brown, DSC) east-northeast of Rio de Janeiro, but missed. The U-boat surfaced and overtook the vessel despite of the aircraft operating in the area, firing one FAT torpedo at 23.00 hours. The ship was hit after 6 minutes 20 seconds and sank within a few seconds. The Germans rescued one of the survivors, the chief steward Frederick Wakeham, for questioning and took him prisoner. He was landed in Lorient on 19 July and taken to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord. The master, 46 crew members, one passenger (DBS) and nine gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 58 people who were on board.|
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