Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Morn

British Steam merchant

NameEmpire Morn
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,092 tons
Completed1941 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerHeadlam & Sons, Whitby 
Date of attack25 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-117 (Hans-Werner Neumann)
Position33° 52'N, 7° 50'W - Grid DJ 25
Complement71 (46 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteNewport - Casablanca - Gibraltar 
CargoNaval, military and RAF equipment 
History Completed in September 1941 as Catapult Armed Merchant (CAM) for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

1947 sold to Spain, fitted with a new stern in Cadiz and renamed San Antonio for Fernando M. Pereda. 1947 renamed Rio Pas for the same owner. 1963 sold to MarĂ­tima Colonial y de Comercio SA (MARCOSA), Madrid. Broken up at Santander in January 1973.

Notes on event

On 25 April 1943 the Empire Morn was heavily damaged by a mine laid on 10 April by U-117 off Casablanca. The ship was salvaged and towed to Gibraltar, but not repaired and used as store ship.

The galley boy Raymond Steed was the youngest British serviceman to die in World War 2. He was just 14 years and 207 days old when he was lost on Empire Morn.

On boardWe have details of 22 people who were on board

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