Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Gemsbuck

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Gemsbuck
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,626 tons
Completed1919 - Ames Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Seattle WA 
OwnerW.A. Souter & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack3 Nov 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-203 (Rolf M├╝tzelburg)
Position52° 18'N, 53° 05'W - Grid AJ 7442
Complement43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Sydney (29 Oct) - Londonderry 
Cargo6200 tons of general cargo, including machinery 
History Launched as British War Juno, June 1919 completed as American Western Glen for US Shipping Board, Seattle; 1927 renamed Willwello for American Intercoastal SS Corp (Williams SS Co), New York; 1929 renamed San Felipe for Pacific-Atlantic SS Co (States SS Co), Portland.
1940 given to Britain and renamed Empire Gemsbuck by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 18.28 hours on 3 Nov 1941, U-203 attacked convoy SC-52 northeast of Cape Charles, Labrador and sank the Everoja and Empire Gemsbuck, which broke in two.

The master, 36 crew members and six gunners from the Empire Gemsbuck (Master William Stewart Anderson) were picked up by HMCS Buctouche (K 179) (Lt W.W. Hackney, RCNR) and landed at St. Johns, Newfoundland on 6 November.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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