British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver|
|Owner||Dodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||16 Jul 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)|
|Position||22.36S, 51.22E - Grid KF 9759|
|Complement||55 (2 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Port Said - Aden (1 Jul) - Lourenco Marques - Durban|
|Cargo||1500 tons of salt as ballast|
|History||Completed December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 15.58 hours on 16 Jul, 1943, the unescorted Fort Franklin (Master Thomas Witney Trott) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 southwest of Reunion. Two crew members died. The master, 43 crew members and nine gunners landed at Manajara, Madagascar.
|On board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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