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30)EMPIRE MAHSEER MoWT U-160



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Empire Mahseer seen as former Liberty Bell. Photo City of Vancouver Archives 


 


Built: 1920


Tonnage: 5,087 / 8,015 tons


Cargo: 2000 tons of manganese ore 


Route: Fanara - Durban - Bahia - Trinidad - Baltimore 


Sunk 04 March 1943 by U-160 on pos. 32° 01'S, 30° 48'E


18 Dead


36 Survivors


Laid down as Coleta, completed in March 1920 as Liberty Bell for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1921 sold to Pioneer SS Corp, New York. 1923 returned to USSB and 1937 sold to Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans. 1941 given to Britain and renamed Empire Mahseer by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 


At 01.10 hours on 4 March 1943, U-160 made a second attack at the convoy DN-21 east-northeast of East London and reported hits on two ships, one of which was thought to have been sunk and the other left in sinking condition. In fact, the Empire Mahseer (Master Morgan Williams) was hit by two torpedoes and sank within two minutes. 17 crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 29 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Norwich (FY 229) (Lt L.H. Stammers, RNVR) and landed at Durban.


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