British Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Witherington & Everett, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||19 May 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)|
|Position||54° 47'N, 11° 10'W - Grid AM 5474|
|Complement||33 (31 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||Melilla - Workington|
|Cargo||3500 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.
|On board||We have details of 31 people who were on board.|
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