Ships hit by U-boats

Jasper Park

Canadian Steam merchant

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NameJasper Park
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,129 tons
Completed1942 - Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Lauzon PQ 
OwnerFurness Withy (Canada) Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack6 Jul 1943Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)
Position32° 52'S, 42° 15'E - Grid JA 2577
Complement55 (4 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Cochin (22 Jun) - Durban - St. John, New Brunswick 
Cargo6500 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 grĂ¢ce 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.

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