Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Amethyst

British Steam tanker

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NameEmpire Amethyst
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,032 tons
Completed1941 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerHadley Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack13 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-154 (Walther Kölle)
Position15° 03'N, 69° 27'W - Grid EC 6299
Complement47 (47 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew Orleans (5 Apr) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo12,000 tons of motor spirit 
History Completed in December 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT)

On 23 January 1942 the Empire Amethyst picked up five survivors from the Innerøy, which had been sunk by U-553 (Thurmann) and landed them at Halifax. 
Notes on event

At 05.52 hours on 13 April 1942 the unescorted Empire Amethyst (Master Geoffrey Durbridge Potter) was hit on the starboard side underneath the bridge and aft by two G7e torpedoes from U-154 while steaming on a zigzag course at 11 knots about 150 miles north-northeast of Aruba. The U-boat had chased the ship for almost 16 hours before reaching a favorable attack position and firing the torpedoes from a distance of less than 500 meters. The tanker immediately caught fire from stem to stern and broke in two after an explosion in the stern. The aft part sank after 5 minutes and the rest of the wreck 10 minutes later, leaving a large patch of oil that was seen to burn for two hours. The master, 40 crew members and six gunners were lost.

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