British Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (North Sands)|
|Completed||1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver|
|Owner||J. & J. Denholm Ltd, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||6 Aug 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-185 (August Maus)|
|Position||09.30S, 26.50W - Grid FK 6272|
|Complement||59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).|
|Route||Bone - Freetown (28 Jul) - Rio de Janeiro|
|History||Completed November 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|
At 04.50 hours on 6 Aug, 1943, the unescorted Fort Halkett (Master William Walker DSO) was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-185 about 600 miles southeast of Natal, Brazil. The master and 23 survivors landed south of Natal. The chief officer and 23 survivors were picked up by the American destroyer USS Goldsborough (DD 188) and landed at Recife. The second officer and ten survivors landed at Cabadello, Brazil.
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