Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Adventure

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Adventure
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,145 tons
Completed1921 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerWalter Runciman & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack21 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-138 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position55° 48'N, 7° 22'W - Grid AM 5318
Complement39 (21 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteTyne - Wabana, Conception Bay 
History Completed in February 1921 as British Eastney for Romney SS Co (Fawcett, Coverdale & Co), London. 1924 sold to France and renamed Germaine L.D. for Louis Dreyfus & Cie, Dunkirk. 1932 sold to Italy and renamed Andrea for Società Anonima di Navigazione Corrado, Genoa. On 10 Jun 1940, the ship was seized by Britain at Newcastle and was renamed Empire Adventure by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 02.27 hours on 21 Sep 1940 the Empire Adventure (Master Thomas O. Phinn) in convoy OB-216 was torpedoed and damaged by U-138 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island. The ship was taken in tow by HMS Superman to the Clyde but sank on 23 September. The master and 20 crew members were lost. 18 crew members were picked up by Industria and landed at Belfast.

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