British Steam merchant
|Completed||1935 - Burntisland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Burntisland|
|Owner||Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||5 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Siegfried Keller)|
|Position||43° 50'N, 14° 46'W - Grid BE 9495|
|Complement||46 (40 dead and 6 survivors).|
|Route||Huelva - Middlesbrough|
|Cargo||6532 tons of iron ore|
|History||Completed in March 1935 as Roxburgh for B.J. Sutherland & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1937 renamed Tower Field for Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London. On 10 May 1941, bombed and damaged by a German aircraft off Outer Dowsing Buoy, Thames Estuary, while en Route from London to Newcastle in ballast. Repaired.|
On 19 October 1941, the Tower Field grounded on the North Bank when entering Workington Channel with a cargo of iron ore. Her hull was fractured and the vessel broke in two. After the cargo was discharged, she was refloated and repaired. The ship returned to service in December 1942 after being renamed Empire Tower by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
|Notes on event|
The Empire Tower (Master David John Williams, OBE) sank within 60 seconds. The master, 35 crew members and four gunners were lost. Three crew members were picked up by HMS Loch Oskaig (FY 175) (T/Lt G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and landed at Londonderry. One crew member and two gunners were rescued by the Belgian steam merchant Carlier.
|On board||We have details of 42 people who were on board.|
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