The Empire Attendant (Master: Thomas Grundy) sailed from Liverpool as
part of Convoy OS.33 with a cargo of stores, vehicles and a 'quantity
of explosives' bound for Durban and Karachi. On July 10, 1942, the escort
vessel HMS Pelican signalled the Admiralty that SS Empire Attendant (62)
had broken down for the seventh time at 1645 and the vessel was not within
20 miles at sunset. At 0330 hours on July 15, 1942, South of the Canary
Islands and while out of contact with the convoy she was torpedoed and
sunk by U-582 . There were no survivors and the
master, 49 crew members and nine gunners
U-582 reported the position of the sinking as grid
reference DT 615323 (23.48N, 21.51W ).
History: On 2 Mar, 1940, the SS Domala was bombed
by a German aircraft, set on fire and beached in the Solent. It was rebuilt
as a Steam Merchant Ship and renamed Empire Attendant.