British Steam passenger ship
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1908 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||21 Feb 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-92 (Adolf Oelrich)|
|Position||48° 25'N, 30° 10'W - Grid BD 5326|
|Complement||106 (0 dead and 106 survivors).|
|Route||Newport, Mon. - Belfast Lough - New York|
|Cargo||985 tons of chemicals|
|History||Completed in October 1908 as Tainui for Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London. 1940 retrieved from breakers yard and renamed Empire Trader by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
On 21 Feb 1943 the Empire Trader was ordered sail for the Azores with HMCS Dauphin (K 157) (Lt R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) after the ship straggled from convoy ON-166.
At 22.25 hours on 21 February, U-92 fired two spreads of two torpedoes from a distance of 5000 metres at the Empire Trader (Master Eric Thomas Baker) north of the Azores. One torpedo of the first spread hit on the port side at #1 hold. The vessel continued at 5 knots, but had to be abandoned the next day and the corvette tried to scuttle her with gunfire on Admiralty orders at 20.00 hours in 48°27N/29°47W. On 23 February, the drifting wreck was last seen by aircraft in 47°40N/28°46W.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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