Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Qu´Appelle

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Qu´Appelle
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,127 tons
Completed1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver 
OwnerBen Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith 
Date of attack17 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-135 (Friedrich-Hermann Praetorius)
Position39° 50'N, 63° 30'W - Grid CB 5156
Complement47 (13 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteVancouver - Seattle - Panama - Kingston, Jamaica - Halifax - UK 
Cargo9200 tons of general cargo, including 500 tons of acetone 
History Completed March 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

On 7 May 1942 the Fort Qu´Appelle picked up 22 survivors from the Green Island, which had been sunk by U-125 (Folkers) one day earlier, and landed them on 9 May at Kingston, Jamaica.

At 04.54 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Fort Qu´Appelle (Master Wilfred Alexander Murray) on her maiden voyage was torpedoed and sunk by U-135 north of Bermuda. The master, eleven crew members and one gunner were lost. 33 crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (LtCdr R.T. Ingram, RCNR) and landed at Shelburne, Nova Scotia on 19 May.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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