Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,941 tons
Completed1930 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerUnited Molasses Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack30 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-162 (J├╝rgen Wattenberg)
Position13° 21'N, 56° 15'W - Grid EE 8226
Complement50 (3 dead and 47 survivors).
ConvoyOS-25 (dispersed)
RouteSouthampton - Milford Haven (11 Apr) - Trinidad 
History Completed in July 1930 
Notes on event

At 01.52 hours on 30 April 1942 the Athelempress (Master Walter Jackson), dispersed from convoy OS-25 was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-162 180 miles east of Barbados. Two crew members and one gunner were lost. The master and 18 crew members landed at Gros Inlet Bay, St. Lucia. The chief officer and 27 crew members were picked up by the Norwegian motor tanker Atlantic and landed at Trinidad.

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