Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Lamy

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Lamy
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,242 tons
Completed1919 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerJohn Cory & Sons Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack8 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-527 (Herbert Uhlig)
Position58° 30'N, 31° 00'W - Grid AK 2841
Complement51 (46 dead and 5 survivors).
ConvoySC-121 (straggler)
RoutePhiladelphia - New York (23 Feb) - Liverpool 
Cargo6333 tons general cargo, explosives and a landing craft as deck cargo 
History Launched as British War Peacock, completed August 1919 as Portfield for Portfield SS Co (W.E. Hinde & Co), Cardiff; 1929 renamed French Fort Lamy for Co Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis, Paris.
July 1940 seized by Britain at Falmouth and transferred to Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

At 18.23 hours on 8 March 1943 the Fort Lamy (Master William Evans), a straggler from convoy SC-121, was torpedoed and sunk by U-527 southeast of Cape Farewell. The HMS LCT-2480 on board was lost with the vessel. The master, 39 crew members and six gunners died. Three crew members and two gunners were picked up after 12 days by the HMS Vervain (K 190) (Lt H.P. Crail) and landed at St.Johns, Newfoundland.

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