Empire Heritage


Tafelberg was a a whaling steamer built by Armstrong & Whitworth in Elswick in 1930 for the company Irwin & Johnson Ltd in Cape Town. Under a journey to America in January 1941 she hit a mine outside Porthkerry and had to be beached. The heavily damaged wreck was acquired by the Ministry of War Transport and rebuilt as a tanker and made seaworthy again the year after. While she sailed in convoy HX 305 from New York to Liverpool loaded with fuel, Sherman tanks and trucks, she was spotted and torpedoed by the German uboat U 482 under command of Kapitänleutnant Hartmut Graf von Matuschka 8. September 1944. Of the 162 men on board, 112 lost their lives. The wreck was found by divers in 1995 and rest today on a depth of 57 to 70 meter outside Malin Head.

Former names:
Empire Heritage
Tafelberg 154,9 x 22,1 x 15,4 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
13640 grt Newcastle ( UK ) 1930 Edinburgh ( UK )

55.27 N 8.01 W
( Source: Uboat.net )

Picture: Tafelberg
Courtesy of Uboat.net