British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver|
|Owner||Ben Line Steamers (William Thomson & Co), Leith|
|Date of attack||17 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-135 (Friedrich-Hermann Praetorius)|
|Position||39.50N, 63.30W - Grid CB 5156|
|Complement||? men (14 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Vancouver - Seattle - Panama - Kingston, Jamaica - Halifax - UK|
|Cargo||9200 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 loss|
On 7 May 1942, the Fort QuŽAppelle 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 QuŽAppelle (Master Wilfred Alexander Murray) on her maiden voyage was torpedoed and sunk by U-135 north of Bermuda. The master, 12 crew members and one gunner were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (LtCdr R.T. Ingram) and landed at Shelburne, Nova Scotia on 19 May.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 15 people who were on this vessel|
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