British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver BC|
|Owner||F.C. Strick & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-410 (Horst-Arno Fenski)|
|Position||37.19N, 06.40E - Grid CJ 7718|
|Complement||70 (2 dead and 68 survivors).|
|Route||Salerno (beachhead) - UK|
|History||Completed in November 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 00.05 hours on 1 Oct, 1943, U-410 fired five single torpedoes at the convoy MKS-26 east of Bougie and observed one ship sinking and heard four more detonations. The resulting report indicated the sinking or torpedoing of four ships totalling 31.000 tons. In fact, two ships were sunk, the Fort Howe and Empire Commerce.
The master, 49 crew members and 18 gunners from Fort Howe (Master William Williams) were picked up by HMS Spiraea (K 08) (Lt A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR) and HMS Alisma (K 185) (Lt G. Lanning, RANVR) and landed at Bougie respectively at Algiers. Two gunners were lost.
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