Ships hit by U-boats

Fort de Vaux

French Steam merchant

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NameFort de Vaux
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,186 tons
Completed1918 - Ropner & Sons Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerCo Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis, Paris 
HomeportLe Havre 
Date of attack30 Nov 1943Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-68 (Albert Lauzemis)
Position6° 32'N, 12° 20'W - Grid ET 6643
Complement61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteTakoradi - Port Bouet, Ivory Coast - Sassandra, Ivory Coast (27 Nov) - Freetown 
Cargo5300 tons of coffee, cotton, timber and palm oil 
History Completed in October 1918 as War Gnat for The Shipping Controller and managed by Miller & Richards Ltd, Glasgow. 1919 sold to France and renamed Fort de Vaux
Notes on event

At 00.13 hours on 30 Nov 1943 the Fort de Vaux was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-68 off Monrovia. The U-boat had spotted the steamer and an escort several hours earlier and used Aphrodite radar decoys to lure away the escort before attacking. At 00.41 hours, a coup de grâce was fired which missed. The ship then sank slowly by the stern. The escort dropped six depth charges, but the U-boat was not damaged and left the area.


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