Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Hartebeeste

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Hartebeeste
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,676 tons
Completed1918 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerWatts, Watts & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-596 (Gunter Jahn)
Position56° 20'N, 38° 10'W - Grid AK 4218
Complement46 (0 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteNew York - Halifax (12 Sep) - Hull 
Cargo4000 tons of steel, 1000 tons of canned goods, 70 tons of timber and 2000 tons of trucks 
History Built as American West Gambo for US Shipping Board, Seattle; 1918/19 part of the US Navy in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service; 1937 sold to Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans.
1941 given to Britain and renamed Empire Hartebeeste by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 15.17 hours on 20 Sep 1942, U-596 attacked convoy SC-100 southeast of Cape Farewell and reported one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, only the Empire Hartebeeste (Master James Fawcett Travis) was hit and sunk. The master, 33 crew members, nine gunners and three passengers (DBS) were rescued. The master and 20 survivors by the Norwegian merchant Rio Verde and landed at Liverpool on 29 September. The chief officer and 24 survivors by the Norwegian merchant Norhauk and landed at Oban on 28 September.

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