Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Prairie

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Prairie
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,010 tons
Completed1942 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerKaye, Son & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-654 (Ludwig Forster)
Position37° 33'N, 60° 06'W - Grid CB 6788
Complement49 (49 dead - no survivors)
RouteHalifax - Capetown - Alexandria 
Cargo9022 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in February 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 02.20 hours on 10 April 1942 the unescorted Empire Prairie (Master Richard Townsend Payne) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-654 about 490 miles northeast of Bermuda. The U-boat had first spotted the ship about six hours earlier and observed how she broke in two and sank immediately after being hit. The Germans tried to question the survivors who clung to debris and cried for help, but misunderstood the name of the ship as Empire Lairing. The master, 43 crew members and five gunners were lost.

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