Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Jemseg

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Jemseg
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,134 tons
Completed1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver 
OwnerHain SS Co, London 
Date of attack23 Sep 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-238 (Horst Hepp)
Position53° 18'N, 40° 24'W - Grid AJ 9522
Complement53 (1 dead and 52 survivors).
RouteHull - Loch Ewe (15 Sep) - New York 
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 event

At 04.14 hours on 23 Sep 1943, U-238 fired two T-3, two FAT and then another T-3 torpedo at convoy ON-202 south-southeast of Cape Farewell. Hepp reported four ships of 19.000 tons sunk and one damaged. However, only three ships, Oregon Express, Fort Jemseg and Skjelbred were hit and sunk.

The master, 22 crew members and seven gunners from the Fort Jemseg (Master Leslie Joseph White) were picked up by HMS Northern Foam (4.76) (Lt H.G. Ross) and 22 crew members by the Norwegian merchant Romulus and landed at New York on 2 October. One crew member was lost.

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