Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Stanley

British Motor merchant

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NameEmpire Stanley
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,921 tons
Completed1941 - Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Aug 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-197 (Robert Bartels)
Position27° 08'S, 48° 15'E - Grid KQ 6676
Complement54 (25 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteLourenço Marques - Durban (13 Aug) - Aden - Beirut 
Cargo8890 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) as catapult armed merchant (CAM). The catapult was removed in 1942. 
Notes on event

At 15.50 hours on 17 Aug 1943 the unescorted Empire Stanley (Master Arthur John Pilditch, MBE) was torpedoed and sunk by U-197 south-southeast of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar. The master, 18 crew members, five gunners and one passenger were lost. On 20 August, 17 crew members, two gunners and one passenger were picked up by the British motor merchant Socotra and landed at Bombay ten days later. Nine crew members were picked up by HMS Thyme (K 210) (Lt H. Roach, RNR) and landed at Durban on 29 August.

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