British Motor tanker
|Completed||1941 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||24 Jan 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)|
|Position||35° 06'N, 74° 58'W - Grid CA 7968|
|Complement||51 (49 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||Port Arthur, Texas - Halifax - UK|
|Cargo||10.692 tons of motor spirit and 920 tons of machinery|
|History||Completed in October 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
At 02.40 hours on 24 Jan 1942 the unescorted Empire Gem (Master Francis Reginald Broad) was hit amidships and aft by two torpedoes from U-66 15 mile southeast of the Diamond Shoals buoy off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The tanker immediately caught fire and later broke in two and sank in 35°02N/75°33W. 43 crew members and six gunners were lost. The master and the radio operator were picked up by a US Coast Guard vessel and landed at Hatteras Inlet on 25 January.
|On board||We have details of 51 people who were on board.|
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