Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Ocelot

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Ocelot
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,759 tons
Completed1919 - Ames Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Seattle WA 
OwnerW.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack28 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position54° 37'N, 21° 30'W - Grid AL 5461
Complement34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).
ConvoyOB-218 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Philadelphia - Baltimore 
History Built as American West Jena for US Shipping Board, Seattle; 1925 renamed Myrtle for Forest Transportation Corp, Seattle; 1930 renamed San Marcos for Pacific-Atlantic SS Co, Portland OR.
1940 given to Britain and renamed Empire Ocelot by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 16.09 hours on 28 Sep 1940 the Empire Ocelot (Master Peter Bonar), dispersed from convoy OB-218, was torpedoed and damaged by gunfire by U-32 southwest of Rockall. The abandoned vessel sank later in 54°55N/22°06W. Two crew members were lost. The master and 31 crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Havelock (H 88) (Capt E.B.K. Stevens DSC) and landed at Liverpool.

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