British Motor merchant
|Completed||1941 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Dodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-136 (Heinrich Zimmermann)|
|Position||58° 09'N, 13° 48'W - Grid AM 1811|
|Complement||46 (46 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Bombay (12 Nov) - Table Bay (16 Dec) - Halifax (7 Feb) - Manchester|
|Cargo||8672 tons of general cargo, including manganese ore, linseed, tea and groundnuts|
|History||Completed in January 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 22.17 hours on 17 Feb 1942 the unescorted Empire Comet (Master Hector Rayment Willis) was hit fore and aft by two torpedoes from U-136 about 33 miles north of Rockall. The U-boat had chased the ship for about two hours and observed how she quickly sank after being torpedoed, following a heavy detonation aboard. The master, 37 crew members and eight gunners were lost. The ship was reported missing after straggling from station #12 in convoy HX-174 and was presumed lost in position 58°15N/17°10W on 19 February.
|On board||We have details of 46 people who were on board.|
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