Ships hit by U-boats


Empire Gold

British Steam tanker


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NameEmpire Gold
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,028 tons
Completed1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
HomeportMiddlesbrough 
Date of attack18 Apr 1945Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-1107 (Fritz Parduhn)
Position47° 47'N, 6° 26'W - Grid BF 5151
Complement47 (43 dead and 4 survivors).
ConvoyHX-348
RoutePhiladelphia - New York - Antwerp 
Cargo10.278 tons of motor spirit 
History Ordered as Eppingdale for the Admiralty as Royal Fleet Auxiliary, completed in February 1941 as Empire Gold for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 10.15 hours on 18 April 1945, U-1107 fired a spread of three torpedoes at two overlapping ships in the convoy HX-348 about 70 miles west of Brest and reported two hits. Both ships, the Cyrus H. McCormick and Empire Gold were hit and sunk.

The master, 37 crew members and five gunners from the Empire Gold (Master Henry Cecil Cansdale) were lost. Four crew members were picked up by the British rescue ship Gothland (Master James Murray Hadden, OBE) and landed at Greenock on 21 April.

 
On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Gold.

ship sunk.


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