British Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||H. Hogarth & Sons Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||20 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-122 (Hans-Günther Looff)|
|Position||56° 16'N, 8° 10'W - Grid AM 53|
|Complement||41 (3 dead and 38 survivors).|
|Route||Montreal (6 Jun) - Manchester|
|Cargo||7966 tons of wheat|
|History||Completed in June 1917 as British Farnworth for R. S. Dalgliesh Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1924 renamed Illinois for Harlem SS Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1926 sold to France for Cie Generale Transatlantique, Le Havre. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Mount Pentelikon for Kulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus. 1939 sold to Germany and renamed Gloria for Orion Schiffahrts GmbH, Rostock.|
On 21 Oct 1939, the Gloria was captured by HMS Sheffield (24) (Capt E. de F. Renouf, CVO, RN) on Northern Patrol in the Denmark Strait in 65°30N/22°05W. The ship had left Buenos Aires on 6 October and was taken by a prize crew (SubLt S. Phillips) to Kirkwall and later to Leith. Three German crew members tried to escape in a lifeboat, but were later captured and landed at Methil on 28 October. The vessel was renamed Empire Conveyor by the Ministry of Shipping (MOS).
|Notes on event|
At 13.15 hours on 20 June 1940, U-61 (Oesten) observed how the unescorted and zigzagging Empire Conveyor (Master Finlay Black MacIntyre) was hit on the port side forward by a torpedo about 50 miles south of Barra Head, Hebrides. The attacker must have been U-122, which was lost shortly afterwards without reporting her success.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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