Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Burton

British Catapult armed merchant

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NameEmpire Burton
Type:Catapult armed merchant (CAM)
Tonnage6,966 tons
Completed1941 - Short Bros, Sunderland 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack20 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-74 (Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat)
Position61° 34'N, 35° 05'W - Grid AD 7851
Complement54 (3 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteHalifax - Sydney, CB (11 Sep) - Liverpool 
Cargo9106 tons of wheat 
History Completed in August 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 01.13 hours on 20 September 1941, U-74 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy SC-44 east of Cape Farewell. Kentrat reported two hits on a first ship and one hit on a second vessel which sank later. The fourth torpedo hit a third ship but was a dud. However, only the Empire Burton (Master John Mitchell) was hit and sunk. One crew member and two gunners were lost. The master, 41 crew members, three gunners and six passengers (RAF personnel) were picked up by HMS Honeysuckle (K 27) (LtCdr G.W. Gregorie, RNR) and landed at Reykjavik.

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