Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Good Hope

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Good Hope
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,130 tons
Completed1942 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver 
OwnerR. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack11 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-159 (Helmut Friedrich Witte)
Position10° 19'N, 80° 16'W - Grid EL 2262
Complement47 (2 dead and 45 survivors).
RouteVancouver BC - Cristobal (10 Jun) - Key West - Garston 
Cargo9250 tons of wheat, timber, lead and zinc 
History Completed May 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 04.45 hours on 11 June 1942, U-159 attacked a small convoy north-northwest of Colon, Panama and observed two hits on an Empire Rowan class freighter, which sank in 30 minutes and one hit on a Port Alma class freighter, which sank in 45 minutes. However, only the Fort Good Hope (Master Horatio Gentles), on her maiden voyage, was hit and sunk. Two crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the American gunboat USS Erie (PG 50) and landed at Cristobal.

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