Canadian Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Lauzon PQ|
|Owner||Furness Withy (Canada) Ltd, Montreal|
|Date of attack||6 Jul 1943||Nationality: Canadian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)|
|Position||32° 52'S, 42° 15'E - Grid JA 2577|
|Complement||55 (4 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||Calcutta - Cochin (22 Jun) - Durban - St. John, New Brunswick|
|Cargo||6500 tons of general cargo, including jute, tea and tobacco|
|History||Completed in September 1942 for the Canadian government. |
|Notes on event|
At 10.05 hours on 6 July 1943 the unescorted Jasper Park (Master William Buchanan) was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-177 south-southwest of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar. The ship had been attacked with a spread of two torpedoes at 21.25 hours the day before, but one malfunctioned and the other probably detonated in the deployed torpedo nets without damaging the ship. At 11.04 hours, a coup de grâce was fired which either missed or was a dud, so the U-boat surfaced to sink the vessel by gunfire but just then she sank. The Germans then questioned the survivors in two lifeboats before leaving the area. Four crew members were lost. The master, 44 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMAS Quiberon (G 81) (Cdr G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Quickmatch (G 92) (LtCdr R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) and landed at Durban.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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