Ships hit by U-boats

Fort la Maune

British Steam merchant

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NameFort la Maune
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,130 tons
Completed1942 - Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Lauzon PQ 
OwnerBooth Steamship Co Ltd (Booth Line), Liverpool 
Date of attack25 Jan 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-188 (Siegfried L├╝dden)
Position13° 04'N, 56° 30'E - Grid MQ 5474
Complement56 (0 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteNew York - Bari - Suez - Aden - Cochin - Vizagapatam - Calcutta 
Cargo8130 tons of general cargo and military stores 
History Completed in May 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased to Britain on bareboat charter for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 20.16 hours on 25 Jan 1944 the unescorted Fort la Maune (Master James William Binns, OBE) was hit on the port side in hold #2 by one torpedo from U-188 east-northeast of Socotra Island and sank at 21.02 hours. The U-boat surfaced afterwards and questioned the survivors. The master, 48 crew members and seven gunners made landfall after 14 days near Al Mukalla in Yemen, were spotted by a Catalina aircraft and were brought by HMS Nigella (K 19) (T/Lt C.L.L. Davies, RNVR) to Aden, arriving on 6 February.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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