Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Empire Halberd (F 160)

British Landing ship Infantry

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-23103

NameHMS Empire Halberd (F 160)
Type:Landing ship Infantry (LSI)
Tonnage7,177 tons
Completed1943 - Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington CA 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack6 Jul 1944Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-218 (Richard Becker)
Position50° 08'N, 5° 44'W - Grid BF 2189
Complement271 (0 dead and 271 survivors).
RouteSouthampton - Glasgow 
CargoLanding craft 

Laid down as steam merchant Cape Gregory of the C-1 type for the US War Shipping Administration, lend-leased to Britain and completed in November 1943 as Empire Halberd for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), managed by Furness Withy & Co. Taken over by the Admiralty and converted to a Landing Ship Infantry (LSI).

1945 returned to MoWT and renamed Empire Halberd for Furness Withy & Co. 1948 returned to USA and renamed Cape Gregory by the US Maritime Commission and laid up as reserve. In December 1966 scrapped at Baltimore as Imperial Halberd

Notes on event

On 6 July 1944, HMS Empire Halberd (F 160) struck a mine laid on 2 July by U-218 off Lands End. The explosion hit the stern and damaged the rudder. The ship reached Falmouth for temporary repairs and then continued to Glasgow. Late 1944 returned to service as HMS Silvio (F 160).

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