Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Buckingham

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Buckingham
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,122 tons
Completed1943 - Burrard Dry Dock Co, North Vancouver BC 
OwnerJoseph Constantine SS Line Ltd, Middlesbrough 
Date of attack20 Jan 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-188 (Siegfried L├╝dden)
Position8° 19'N, 66° 40'E - Grid LB 2616
Complement89 (38 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteBombay - Durban - Buenos Aires 
History Completed in February 1943 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 20.39 hours on 20 Jan 1944 the unescorted Fort Buckingham (Master Murdo Macleod DSC) was hit by two torpedoes from U-188 northwest of the Maldive Islands and sank within 10 minutes. The master, 30 crew members and seven gunners were lost. Six survivors were picked up by the British motor merchant Moorby and landed at Fremantle on 29 January. 28 crew members and nine gunners were picked up on 5 February by the Norwegian motor tanker Ora, transferred to HMS Redoubt (H 41) (LtCdr N.E.G. Roper, DSO, RN) and landed at Bombay on 9 February. Eight survivors were rescued by the Norwegian motor tanker Kongsdal and landed at Melbourne on 22 February.

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