Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Turnstone

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Turnstone
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,113 tons
Completed1918 - Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp, Portland OR 
OwnerKaye, Son & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Oct 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-621 (Horst Sch√ľnemann)
Position54° 40'N, 28° 00'W - Grid AK 6922
Complement46 (46 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-136 (straggler)
RouteTyne - Loch Ewe - Port Sulphur, Louisiana 
History Launched as British War Arrow, completed June 1918 as Western City for US Shipping Board, Seattle. 1937 transferred to US Maritime Commission, Seattle and laid up as reserve.
On 4 Feb 1941, given to Britain and renamed Empire Turnstone by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).  
Notes on event

On 10 Oct 1942 the Empire Turnstone (Master Henry Bell Collins) in convoy ONS-136 experienced engine trouble and turned back on 21 October.
At 00.53 hours on 23 October, the vessel was torpedoed and sunk by U-621 southwest of Iceland. The master, 38 crew members and seven gunners were lost.

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