British Motor merchant
|Completed||1941 - Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Lyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||7 Aug 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-198 (Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg)|
|Position||7° 06'S, 42° 00'E - Grid LT 23|
|Complement||43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Lourenco Marques - Aden - Port Said|
|Cargo||8226 tons of coal|
|History||Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
On 7 Aug 1944 the unescorted Empire Day (Master Charles Gordon Mallett) was torpedoed and sunk by U-198 about 200 miles east of Dar es Salaam. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners landed on the island of Zanzibar. The chief officer Robert Courteney Selfe was taken prisoner and lost when the U-boat was sunk on 12 August.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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