Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Buffalo

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameEmpire Buffalo
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,404 tons
Completed1919 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerLyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack6 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position19° 14'N, 82° 34'W - Grid DM 7937
Complement42 (13 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteKingston, Jamaica - New Orleans 
History Built as American Eglantine for US Shipping Board, Seattle; 1933 sold to Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans
1940 given to Britain and renamed Empire Buffalo by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 22.25 hours on 6 May 1942 the unescorted Empire Buffalo (Master John Hill) was torpedoed and sunk by U-125 west of the Cayman Islands. The master, seven crew members and five gunners were lost. 28 crew members and one gunner were picked up by the American merchant Cacique and landed at Kingston.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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