British Catapult armed merchant
|Type:||Catapult armed merchant (CAM)|
|Completed||1941 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Donaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||14 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-576 (Hans-Dieter Heinicke)|
|Position||43° 27'N, 58° 55'W - Grid BB 8851|
|Complement||55 (55 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Manchester - Halifax|
|History||Completed in June 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 03.37 hours on 14 February 1942 the unescorted Empire Spring (Master Alexander McKechan), the ship of convoy commodore from the dispersed convoy ON-63, was hit on the starboard side by one of two G7e torpedoes from U-576 about 50 miles southeast of Sable Island. The Germans observed a small fire aboard and how the vessel sagged in the middle after two boiler explosions. However, the ship only broke in two and sank after being hit on the starboard side by a G7e torpedo fired from the stern torpedo tube as coup de grâce at 03.53 hours. The master, the commodore (Capt A.D.H. Dibben, OBE, RNR), 42 crew members, five gunners and six naval staff members were lost.
|On board||We have details of 55 people who were on board.|
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