Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Bruce

British Steam merchant

NameEmpire Bruce
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,459 tons
Completed1941 - Sir J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerChristian Salvesen & Co, Edinburgh 
Date of attack18 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-123 (Horst von Schroeter)
Position6° 40'N, 13° 17'W - Grid ET 6543
Complement49 (0 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires (30 Mar) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo9141 tons of linseed 
History Completed in August 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 12.39 hours on 18 April 1943 the unescorted Empire Bruce (Master J. Edwards) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-123 about 100 miles southwest of Freetown. She capsized and sank after being hit by two coups de grĂ¢ce at 13.51 and 14.19 hours. The master, 41 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the British minesweeper HMS MMS-107 (Skipper H.J. Craven) and landed at Freetown on 19 April.

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