Ships hit by U-boats

British Fortitude

British Motor tanker

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NameBritish Fortitude
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,482 tons
Completed1937 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-202 (Günter Poser)
Position31° 10'N, 27° 30'W - Grid DG 5624
Complement59 (0 dead and 59 survivors).
RouteBarry (30 Jan) - Swansea - Milford Haven - Curaçao 
History Completed in April 1937

1957 renamed Anglian Fortitude for BP Tanker Co. Broken up at Burcht in August 1958.

Notes on event

At 22.17 hours on 23 Feb 1943, U-202 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy UC-1. The first struck the Murena and the second the British Fortitude, both tankers were able to continue their voyage, though in a damaged condition. The third torpedo failed and the last hit the Empire Norseman, which had already been damaged by U-382 (Juli) and was later sunk by a coup de grâce from U-558 (Krech).

The British Fortitude arrived at Guantanamo on 8 March, was later repaired at Galveston and returned to service in May 1943.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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