Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Bell

British Steam merchant

Empire Bell under her former name Belgia. Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameEmpire Bell
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,744 tons
Completed1930 - Öresundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona 
OwnerJames Westroll Ltd, Sunderland 
Date of attack25 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-442 (Hans-Joachim Hesse)
Position62° 19'N, 15° 27'W - Grid AE 8519
Complement37 (10 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteTyne - Loch Ewe (22 Sep) - Reykjavik 
Cargo1832 tons of coal 
History Completed in May 1930 as Swedish Belgia (2023 grt) for Förnyade Ångfartygs-A/B Götha (F. Sternhagen), Gothenburg.

On 26 Jan 1941, the Belgia was bombed by a German aircraft in the Thames Estuary and burned out. The vessel was rebuilt as Empire Bell for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 16.16 hours on 25 Sep 1942 the Empire Bell (Master George Charles May) in convoy UR-42 was torpedoed and sunk by U-442 west-southwest of the Faroe Islands. Ten crew members were lost. The master, 20 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Lysaker IV and landed at Reykjavik.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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