HMS Empire Halberd (F 160)
British Landing ship Infantry
|Name||HMS Empire Halberd (F 160)|
|Type:||Landing ship Infantry (LSI)|
|Completed||1943 - Consolidated Steel Corp, Wilmington CA|
|Date of attack||6 Jul 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-218 (Richard Becker)|
|Position||50° 08'N, 5° 44'W - Grid BF 2189|
|Complement||271 (0 dead and 271 survivors).|
|Route||Southampton - Glasgow|
Laid down as steam merchant Cape Gregory of the C-1 type for the US War Shipping Administration, lend-leased to Britain and completed in November 1943 as Empire Halberd for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), managed by Furness Withy & Co. Taken over by the Admiralty and converted to a Landing Ship Infantry (LSI).
|Notes on event|
On 6 July 1944, HMS Empire Halberd (F 160) struck a mine laid on 2 July by U-218 off Lands End. The explosion hit the stern and damaged the rudder. The ship reached Falmouth for temporary repairs and then continued to Glasgow. Late 1944 returned to service as HMS Silvio (F 160).
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