Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Trader

British Steam passenger ship

Empire Trader under her former name Tainui

NameEmpire Trader
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage9,990 tons
Completed1908 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerShaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-92 (Adolf Oelrich)
Position48° 25'N, 30° 10'W - Grid BD 5326
Complement106 (0 dead and 106 survivors).
ConvoyON-166 (straggler)
RouteNewport, Mon. - Belfast Lough - New York 
Cargo985 tons of chemicals 
History Completed in October 1908 as Tainui for Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London. 1940 retrieved from breakers yard and renamed Empire Trader by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

On 21 Feb 1943 the Empire Trader was ordered sail for the Azores with HMCS Dauphin (K 157) (Lt R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) after the ship straggled from convoy ON-166.

At 22.25 hours on 21 February, U-92 fired two spreads of two torpedoes from a distance of 5000 metres at the Empire Trader (Master Eric Thomas Baker) north of the Azores. One torpedo of the first spread hit on the port side at #1 hold. The vessel continued at 5 knots, but had to be abandoned the next day and the corvette tried to scuttle her with gunfire on Admiralty orders at 20.00 hours in 48°27N/29°47W. On 23 February, the drifting wreck was last seen by aircraft in 47°40N/28°46W.
The master, 89 crew members and 16 gunners were picked up by the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea, OBE), transferred to HMCS Dauphin (K 157) and landed at St. Johns.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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