Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Barracuda

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Barracuda
Type:Steam merchant (Hog Island)
Tonnage4,972 tons
Completed1919 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerCunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack15 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-77 (Heinrich Schonder)
Position35° 30'N, 6° 17'W - Grid CG 9843
Complement52 (13 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Capetown - Suez 
Cargo5800 tons of naval and military stores, including munitions 
History Completed in January 1919 as Sacandaga for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1932 renamed Black Heron for Black Diamond Lines Inc, New York. 1941 transferred to Britain and renamed Empire Barracuda by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 04.10 and 04.30 hours on 15 Dec 1941, U-77 attacked a small escorted convoy of four ships 34 miles 310° from Cape Trafalgar and saw later a freighter in sinking condition after one hit and a tanker stopped after two. In fact only the Empire Barracuda (Master Frederick Ridley) was hit and sunk. Ten crew members and three gunners were lost. The master, 36 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Coltsfoot (K 140) (LtCdr the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar.

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