Ships hit by U-boats


Fort Franklin

British Steam merchant


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NameFort Franklin
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,135 tons
Completed1942 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver 
OwnerDodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack16 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position22.36S, 51.22E - Grid KF 9759
Complement55 (2 dead and 53 survivors).
Convoy
RoutePort Said - Aden (1 Jul) - Lourenco Marques - Durban 
Cargo1500 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 boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

Location of attack on Fort Franklin.

ship sunk.


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