British Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Frederick Jones & Sons, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||27 Dec 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-356 (Günther Ruppelt)|
|Position||47° 30'N, 24° 30'W - Grid BD 41|
|Complement||34 (7 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne (13 Dec) - Loch Ewe (18 Dec) - Boston - Trinidad|
|Cargo||3403 tons of coal and 70 bags of mail|
|Notes on event|
About 02.40 hours on 27 Dec 1942 the Empire Union and Melrose Abbey in convoy ONS-154 were torpedoed and sunk north-northeast of the Azores. About 03.10 hours, the Soekaboemi and King Edward were also hit. All ships must have been torpedoed by U-356, which was herself lost after the attacks.
Six crew members and one gunner from Melrose Abbey (Master Frederick J. Ormod) were lost. The master, 22 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Toward (Master Arthur James Knell MBE DSC), transferred to HMCS Shediac (K 110) (Lt J.E. Clayton) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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