Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Dunstan

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, P22281

NameEmpire Dunstan
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,887 tons
Completed1942 - Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Grangemouth 
OwnerChristian Salvesen & Co, Edinburgh 
Date of attack18 Nov 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Johann-Otto Krieg)
Position39° 24'N, 17° 40'E - Grid CK 7175
Complement42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteBona - Augusta (16 Nov) - Brindisi 
Cargo1550 tons of military stores, including 700 tons of land mines 
History Completed in January 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 17.12 hours on 18 Nov 1943 the Empire Dunstan (Master Norman Ramsay) in convoy AH-9 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-81, broke in two and sank after 20 minutes southwest of Taranto. Two crew members were lost. The master, 29 crew members, seven gunners and three passengers were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Lom and landed at Taranto.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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