Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Dabchick

British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameEmpire Dabchick
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,089 tons
Completed1919 - Atlantic Corporation, Portsmouth NH 
OwnerJohn Morrison & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack3 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-183 (Heinrich Schäfer)
Position43° 00'N, 58° 17'W - Grid BB 8896
Complement48 (48 dead - no survivors)
RouteLiverpool - St.John, New Brunswick 
History Completed in August 1919 as Kisnop for US Shipping Board (USSB) and later laid up as part of the reserve fleet. On 14 Nov 1940, transferred to Britain, renamed Empire Dabchick by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and initially managed by Sir W. Reardon Smith & Sons, but later that year given to J. Morrison & Son. 
Notes on event

At 09.49 hours on 3 Dec 1942 the Empire Dabchick (Master Philip Edward Birch, OBE) in convoy ONS-146 was torpedoed and sunk by U-183 about 200 miles southeast of Sable Island, Nova Scotia. The master, 36 crew members and eleven gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 48 people who were on board

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