Fort Good Hope
British Steam merchant
|Name||Fort Good Hope|
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver|
|Owner||R. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||11 Jun 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)|
|Position||10.19N, 80.16W - Grid EL 2262|
|Complement||47 (2 dead and 45 survivors).|
|Route||Vancouver BC - Cristobal (10 Jun) - Key West - Garston|
|Cargo||9250 tons of wheat, timber, lead and zinc|
Completed May 1942, with the Hull built by Vancouver Dry Dock Co, for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
|Notes on event|
At 04.45 hours on 11 Jun, 1942, U-159 attacked a small convoy north-northwest of Colon, Panama and observed two hits on an Empire Rowan class freighter, which sank in 30 minutes and one hit on a Port Alma class freighter, which sank in 45 minutes. However, only the Fort Good Hope (Master Horatio Gentles), on her maiden voyage, was hit and sunk. Two crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the American gunboat USS Erie (PG 50) and landed at Cristobal.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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