Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Day

British Motor merchant

NameEmpire Day
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,242 tons
Completed1941 - Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerLyle Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow 
Date of attack7 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-198 (Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg)
Position7° 06'S, 42° 00'E - Grid LT 23
Complement43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteLourenco Marques - Aden - Port Said 
Cargo8226 tons of coal 
History Built for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

On 7 Aug 1944 the unescorted Empire Day (Master Charles Gordon Mallett) was torpedoed and sunk by U-198 about 200 miles east of Dar es Salaam. The master, 33 crew members and eight gunners landed on the island of Zanzibar. The chief officer Robert Courteney Selfe was taken prisoner and lost when the U-boat was sunk on 12 August.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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