Empire Comet

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


166996


Lithgows

Port Glasgow


J G Kincaid

Glasgow


Diesel 4 Cyl

HP



Screws


1

Fate

Sunk by U-136 (Heinrich Zimmermann)

Position

58° 09'N, 13° 48'W - Grid AM 1811

Complement

46 (46 dead - no survivors)

Convoy

HX-174 (straggler)

Route

Bombay (12 Nov) - Table Bay (16 Dec) - Halifax (7 Feb) - Manchester

Cargo

8672 tons of general cargo, including manganese ore, linseed, tea and groundnuts

History

Completed in January 1941 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

Notes on event

At 22.17 hours on 17 Feb 1942 the unescorted Empire Comet (Master Hector Rayment Willis) was hit fore and aft by two torpedoes from U-136 about 33 miles north of Rockall.

The U-boat had chased the ship for about two hours and observed how she quickly sank after being torpedoed, following a heavy detonation aboard.

The master, 37 crew members and eight gunners were lost.

The ship was reported missing after straggling from station #12 in convoy HX-174 and was presumed lost in position 58°15N/17°10W on 19 February.

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1942

Empire Comet

Left Bombay

For Manchester via Table Bay & Halifax

Lost 17 February 1942

Fate

Master

H R Willis

Lost

Chief Officer

H J Calnon

Lost

Second Officer

J W Melvin

Lost

Third Officer

J A Milne

Lost

Apprentices

R D Brook

A B Robertson

Both Lost

First Radio Officer

C Watson

Lost

Second Radio Officer

A L Putz

Lost

Third Radio Officer

E Richardson

Lost

Chief Engineer

J Simm

Lost

Second Engineer

W J Morrow

Lost

Third Engineer

R A Garrick

Lost

Fourth Engineer

W H Grange

Lost

Asst Engineers

A G Christie

M E Diggle

S A McIlroy

E Scott

All Lost

Chief Steward

R D Clarke

Lost

Bosun

E A Dearson

Lost

Carpenter

W D Halcrow

Lost

Able Seamen

W L Lindsay

J A Tulloch

R W Tulloch

All Lost

Ordinary Seamen

M MacDonald

H Wood

Both Lost

Sailors

R W Anderson

J T Balfour

J T Mullen

J A Nicholson

All Lost

Donkeyman & Greaser

C C Grierson

D Herd

B McEntaggart

All Lost

Greaser

J Frodsham

Lost

Cook

W Tierney

Lost

Asst Cook

W D Clarke

Lost

Asst Steward

J Donnelly

Lost

Mess Room Steward

N S Winthorpe

Lost

Cabin Boy

H Cook

Lost

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