British Rescue ship
|Completed||1928 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||MacAndrews & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||8 Sep 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-482 (Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen)|
|Position||55.27N, 08.01W - Grid AM 5387|
|Complement||59 (18 dead and 41 survivors).|
|Route||Halifax - Greenock|
|History||Completed in February 1928. On 5 Dec, 1942, the motor merchant Pinto was commissioned as rescue ship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 05.51 hours on 8 Sep, 1944, U-482 fired a torpedo spread at the convoy HX-305 north-northeast of Tory Island and heard a detonation and sinking noises. The same happened after firing a Gnat at 05.59 hours. Apparently both torpedoes hit the Empire Heritage. At 06.37 hours, the U-boat fired a Gnat at a stopped ship, which sank shortly after the hit. The stopped vessel was the rescue ship Pinto, which was picking up the survivors of the torpedoed tanker when attacked.
The master, six crew members, eight gunners and one signalman from the Pinto (Master Lawrence Stanley Boggs, MBE) and two survivors from the Empire Heritage were lost when the rescue ship sank. 29 crew members, eight gunners, one surgeon, two sick berth attendants and one signalman were picked up by HMS Northern Wave (FY 153) (T/Lt F.J.R. Storey, RNVR) and landed at Londonderry.
|On board||We have details of 16 people who were on board.|
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