British Steam tug
|Completed||1941 - Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole|
|Owner||United Towing Co Ltd, Hull|
|Date of attack||22 Aug 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||40.43N, 11.39W - Grid CG 1953|
|Complement||38 (19 dead and 19 survivors).|
|Route||Methil Roads - Gibraltar|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on loss|
At 23.31 hours on 22 Aug, 1941, U-564 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the convoy OG-71 west of Aveiro, Portugal and observed four different detonations and three columns of fire, later lifeboats were seen. Suhren thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others. However, only two ships were hit and sunk, the Empire Oak and Clonlara.
The master, three crew members and four gunners from the Empire Oak (Master Frederick Edward Christian) were picked up by HMS Campanula (K 18) (LtCdr R.V.E. Case, DSC), transferred to HMS Velox (D 34) (LtCdr E.G. Ropner DSC) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August. 13 crew members were lost.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 17 people who were on this vessel|
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