British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver|
|Owner||Charlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||23 Aug 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-480 (Hans-Joachim Förster)|
|Position||50.23N, 00.55W - Grid BF 3271|
|Complement||67 (1 dead and 66 survivors).|
|Route||Juno Beach, Normandy - Portsmouth|
|History||Completed December 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 17.58 hours on 23 Aug, 1944, the Fort Yale (Master George William Mortimer) was hit by LUT torpedo from U-480 and sank 17 miles southeast of St.Catherine´s Point, Isle of Wight. The vessel had been under tow by the British tug HMS Hudson (W 02) and the American tug USS Farallon, having previously sustained mine damage while in convoy ETC-72. One naval signalman was lost. The master, 57 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by three LCI´s and landed at Portsmouth.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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