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Empire Caribou
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Stuart Smith

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An American built 3 cylinder steamer built by Downey at Arlington, New York and launched on 23 July 1919 as Waterbury, a 5174 ton merchant with a service speed of 10.5 knots. She was completed during November for the US Shipping Board.
In 1921 she was sold to American Star Line Inc., New York and renamed Northern Star, but only for two years as in 1923 she was purchased by American Sugar Transit Corp., New York for whom she traded as Defacto.
In 1940 she was given to the MOWT and assigned to Sir William Reardon Smith and Sons as managers.
On 10 May 1941 she was dispersed from Convoy OB-318 on voyage London-Loch Ewe-Boston, Massachusetts with a cargo of 2020 tons of chalk. She was under the command of Master Bernard Edwin Duffield when at 07.52 hours she was torpedoed and sunk by U-556 about 465 miles southwest of Reykjanes. The master, 31 crew members and 2 gunners were lost, while 9 crew members and 2 gunners were picked up by HMS Malcolm and landed at Reykjavik before being transferred to HMS Scimitar and taken to Greenock.
U-556 did not survive the war as on 27 June 1941 she was sunk in the North Atlantic southwest of Iceland by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Nasturtium, Celandine and Gladiolus. Five of her crew of 46 were lost. Her commander, Herbert Wohlfarth, and 41 of the crew were taken prisoner. Wohlfarth spent more than 6 years in English and Canadian POW camps before returning to Germany on 14 July 1947. He died in 1982 at Villingen, Germany.

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Thu, 24 March 11 09:25

From CWGC Website.

In Memory of

S.S. Empire Caribou (London), Merchant Navy
who died age 28
on 10 May 1941
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hanson; husband of Marjorie I. Hanson, of Cardiff.
Remembered with honour
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Registered: April 2010
Location: Mandurah Western Australia
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Tue, 31 March 15 09:49

To Peter 3807.
Peter I do not know if you are a relation of Mr. & Mrs. W. Hanson, if you are not would you be able to pass this to Mr. Hanson's son on as I would assume Mrs. Hanson has passed on by now. I am Keith Bernard Duffield the son of Capt. Bernard Duffield and can remember my mother talking about Mr. Hanson and my father. I live in Perth Western Australia, I am retired, but if Mr.Hanson's son would like to contact me my Email is keithlaurel@bigpond.com I would be only too happy to give you any information I have, not that I have a great deal. Regards Keith.
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