Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Webster

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Webster
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,043 tons
Completed1942 - Short Bros, Sunderland 
OwnerHall Brothers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack7 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-77 (Otto Hartmann)
Position36° 47'N, 1° 37'E - Grid CH 8190
Complement63 (4 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Bona 
Cargo3000 tons of coal and military stores 
History Completed in October 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 02.00 hours on 7 Feb 1943, U-77 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy KMS-8 80 miles west of Algiers and sank the ships in station #13 and #14, the Empire Webster and Empire Banner.

The master, 49 crew members, one gunner and eight Army personnel from the Empire Webster (Master Alexander Roderick Duncan) were picked up by HMCS Camrose (K 154) (T/Lt L.R. Pavillard, RCNVR) and landed at Algiers. Three crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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