British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1943 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver|
|Owner||Charlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||18 Apr 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-226 (Rolf Borchers)|
|Position||47° 28'N, 22° 00'W - Grid BE 4529|
|Complement||56 (6 dead and 50 survivors).|
|Route||Vancouver - Port Alberni - Panama - New York (6 Apr) - Hull|
|Cargo||8700 tons of lumber and general cargo|
|History||Completed January 1943 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 07.47 and 07.49 hours on 17 April 1943, U-628 (Hasenschar) fired torpedoes at convoy HX-233 in grid BE 4615 (47°22N/21°58W) and observed one hit on each of two ships. In fact, the Fort Rampart was damaged and the American steam tanker Harrison Smith was missed.
The Fort Rampart (Master William Henry Stein) was on her maiden voyage. Six crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members, six gunners and three passengers (DBS) were picked up by the HMCS Arvida (K 113) (Lt D.G. King) and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Fort Rampart
|17 Apr 1943||U-628||Kptlt. Heinrich Hasenschar||Damaged||7,134|
|18 Apr 1943||U-226||Kptlt. Rolf Borchers||Sunk||7,134|
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