British Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||9 Jul 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-575 (Günther Heydemann)|
|Position||11° 40'N, 60° 55'W - Grid ED 9679|
|Complement||78 (3 dead and 75 survivors).|
|Route||Demerara - Trinidad (8 Jul) - Barbados - UK|
|Cargo||4000 tons of sugar, 1000 tons of pitch and 200 bags of mail|
|History||Completed in May 1925 as British steam passenger ship Inanda (5985 grt) for Charente Steamship Co Ltd (T & J Harrison), Liverpool. On 7 September 1940 the Inanda was bombed and sunk during a German air raid while in Royal Albert Dock, London. Later raised, rebuilt and renamed Empire Explorer by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) in 1941. |
|Notes on event|
At 02.47 hours on 9 July 1942 the unescorted Empire Explorer (Master Edgar Buckingham Stephens) was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-575 west of Tobago. Three crew members were lost. The master, 66 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by HMS MTB-337 and landed at Tobago. U-575 reported the ship under her former name Inanda.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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