Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Fidler

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Fidler
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,127 tons
Completed1943 - North Vancouver Ship Repairs Ltd, North Vancouver BC 
OwnerSmith, Hogg & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
Date of attack14 May 1944Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-616 (Siegfried Koitschka)
Position36° 45'N, 0° 55'E
Complement61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteTaranto - Hampton Roads 
History Completed in May 1943 for the Canadian Government, lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

Broken up at Bilbao in October 1971. 
Notes on event

At 02.30 hours on 14 May 1944, U-616 attacked convoy GUS-39 and damaged the G.S. Walden and Fort Fidler.

The Fort Fidler managed to reach Oran and after temporary repairs was towed to Lisbon, arriving on 1 March 1945. Sold to Portugal by the US Maritime Commission and returned to service as Alcoutim for Sociedade Geral de Comercio, Industria e Transportes, Lisbon.


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