Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Yale

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Yale
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,134 tons
Completed1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver 
OwnerCharlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack23 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-480 (Hans-Joachim Förster)
Position50° 23'N, 0° 55'W - Grid BF 3271
Complement67 (1 dead and 66 survivors).
ConvoyETC-72 (straggler)
RouteJuno Beach, Normandy - Portsmouth 
History Completed December 1942, with the Hull built by Vancouver Dry Dock Co, for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 17.58 hours on 23 Aug 1944 the Fort Yale (Master George William Mortimer) was hit by LUT torpedo from U-480 and sank 17 miles southeast of St.Catherine´s Point, Isle of Wight. The vessel had been under tow by the British tug HMS Hudson (W 02) and the American tug USS Farallon, having previously sustained mine damage while in convoy ETC-72. One naval signalman was lost. The master, 57 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by three LCI´s and landed at Portsmouth.

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