Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Ridge

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Ridge
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,922 tons
Completed1941 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerWitherington & Everett, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack19 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position54° 47'N, 11° 10'W - Grid AM 5474
Complement33 (31 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteMelilla - Workington 
Cargo3500 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in April 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 03.24 hours on 19 May 1941 the Empire Ridge (Master Ernest William Clark) in convoy HG-61 was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-96, broke in two and sank about 90 miles west of Bloody Foreland. The master, 27 crew members and three gunners were lost. One crew member and one gunner were picked up by HMS Vanquisher (D 54) (Cdr N.V. Dickinson, DSC, RN), transferred to HMS Legion (G 74) (Cdr R.F. Jessel, RN) and landed at Greenock.

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