Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Clough

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Clough
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,147 tons
Completed1942 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields 
OwnerLarrinaga & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack10 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-94 (Otto Ites)
Position51° 50'N, 35° 00'W - Grid AK 7991
Complement49 (5 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteTyne - Loch Ewe (2 Jun) - Boston - New York 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 03.40 hours on 10 June 1942, U-94 fired three torpedoes at a group of three ships from convoy ONS-100 southeast of Cape Farewell, heard three hits and the sinking of two ships. First, the Empire Clough on her maiden voyage was hit and abandoned, but sank after the Ramsay, which was the only other ship that had been hit.

The master, 38 crew members and five gunners from the Empire Clough (Master Felix de Bastarrechea) were rescued. 32 survivors were picked up by the HMS Dianthus (K 95) (LtCdr C.E. Bridgeman) and landed at St.Johns and 12 survivors were picked up by the Portuguese trawler Argus, landed at Greenland on 26 June and were transferred four days later to a US Navy patrol boat. Four crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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