Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Norman

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Norman
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,133 tons
Completed1942 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver 
OwnerW.H. Cockerline & Co, Hull 
Date of attack9 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-596 (Gunter Jahn)
Position36° 51'N, 1° 09'E - Grid CH 8428
Complement60 (0 dead and 60 survivors).
RouteFaslane - Algiers 
CargoMilitary stores 

Completed September 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

1948 returned to US and transferred to US Maritime Commission (USMC). 1948 sold to Pakistan and renamed Al Murtaza Ali 1954 renamed Anwarbaksh

Notes on event

At 18.43 and 18.44 hours on 9 March 1943, U-596 fired torpedoes at convoy KMS-10 and observed one hit after 1 minute 59 seconds and then heard another detonation after 2 minutes 55 seconds, probably on a more distant ship. A third torpedo detonation and a boiler explosion were also heard.
In fact, the first torpedo damaged the Fort Norman and the third the Empire Standard.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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