Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Attendant

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart.

NameEmpire Attendant
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,524 tons
Completed1921 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerAndrew Weir & Co, London 
Date of attack15 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-582 (Werner Schulte)
Position23° 48'N, 21° 51'W - Grid DT 6153
Complement59 (59 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOS-33 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Durban - Karachi 
CargoStores and vehicles 
History Launched as motor passenger ship Magnava, completed as Domala (8441 tons) for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London

On 2 Mar 1940, the Domala was bombed by a German aircraft, set on fire and beached in Solent. She was rebuilt as steam merchant Empire Attendant for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 

Notes on event

At 03.30 hours on 15 July 1942 the Empire Attendant (Master Thomas Grundy), dispersed from convoy OS-33, was torpedoed and sunk by U-582 south of the Canary Islands. The master, 49 crew members and nine gunners were lost.
U-582 reported her victim under the former name Domala.

On boardWe have details of 59 people who were on board

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