Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Starling

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Starling
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,060 tons
Completed1919 - Moore Shipbuilding Co, Oakland CA 
OwnerHoulder Brothers & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-163 (Kurt-Eduard Engelmann)
Position13° 05'N, 56° 20'W - Grid EE 8229
Complement55 (0 dead and 55 survivors).
RouteLa Plata - Rio de Janeiro (31 Oct) - Trinidad - UK 
Cargo5500 tons of frozen meat, including corned beef and general cargo 
History Built as American Nockum for US Shipping Board, San Francisco; 1937 transferred to US Maritime Commission, San Francisco and laid up as reserve.
1941 given to Britain and renamed Empire Starling by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 22.37 hours on 21 Nov 1942 the unescorted Empire Starling (Master Eric Monckton MBE) was torpedoed and sunk by U-163 180 miles northeast of Barbados. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 6 January and was taken to the POW camp Milag Nord. 46 crew members, seven gunners and one passenger (DBS) landed at Speightstown, Barbados, and Pointe du Vieux Fort, Guadeloupe.

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