Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Franklin

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Franklin
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,135 tons
Completed1942 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver 
OwnerDodd, Thomson & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack16 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position22° 36'S, 51° 22'E - Grid KF 9759
Complement55 (5 dead and 50 survivors).
RoutePort Said - Aden (1 Jul) - Lourenco Marques - Durban 
Cargo1500 tons of salt as ballast 
History Completed December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 15.58 hours on 16 July 1943 the unescorted Fort Franklin (Master Thomas Witney Trott) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 southwest of Reunion. Four crew members were lost and another later died of injuries. The master, 40 crew members and nine gunners made landfall after six days at Manajara, Madagascar.

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