British Steam tanker
|Completed||1942 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||23 Feb 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-558 (Günther Krech)|
|Position||31° 18'N, 27° 20'W - Grid DG 5389|
|Complement||53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Greenock - Curaçao|
|History||Completed in June 1942 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 22.14 hours on 23 Feb 1943, U-382 (Juli) fired one FAT torpedo and one minute later a spread of two G7e torpedoes at convoy UC-1 south of the Azores. Juli thought that he sank two ships, but only one of these torpedoes struck the Empire Norseman on the starboard side and the tanker stopped.
The master, 41 crew members and eleven gunners from the Empire Norseman (Master William Sharp Smith) were picked up by HMS Totland (Y 88) (LtCdr L.E. Woodhouse, RN), transferred to the Dutch steam merchant Maaskerk and landed at Trinidad.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Empire Norseman
|23 Feb 1943||U-382||Kptlt. Herbert Juli||Damaged||9,811|
|23 Feb 1943||U-202||Kptlt. Günter Poser||Damaged||9,811|
|23 Feb 1943||U-558||Kptlt. Günther Krech||Sunk||9,811|
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