Fort de Vaux
French Steam merchant
|Name||Fort de Vaux|
|Completed||1918 - Ropner & Sons Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||Co Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis, Paris|
|Date of attack||30 Nov 1943||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-68 (Albert Lauzemis)|
|Position||6° 32'N, 12° 20'W - Grid ET 6643|
|Complement||61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).|
|Route||Takoradi - Port Bouet, Ivory Coast - Sassandra, Ivory Coast (27 Nov) - Freetown|
|Cargo||5300 tons of coffee, cotton, timber and palm oil|
|History||Completed in October 1918 as War Gnat for The Shipping Controller and managed by Miller & Richards Ltd, Glasgow. 1919 sold to France and renamed Fort de Vaux. |
|Notes on event|
At 00.13 hours on 30 Nov 1943 the Fort de Vaux was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-68 off Monrovia. The U-boat had spotted the steamer and an escort several hours earlier and used Aphrodite radar decoys to lure away the escort before attacking. At 00.41 hours, a coup de grâce was fired which missed. The ship then sank slowly by the stern. The escort dropped six depth charges, but the U-boat was not damaged and left the area.
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