Ships hit by U-boats

Fort Rampart

British Steam merchant

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NameFort Rampart
Type:Steam merchant (North Sands)
Tonnage7,134 tons
Completed1943 - West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd, Vancouver 
OwnerCharlton, McAllum & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack18 Apr 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-226 (Rolf Borchers)
Position47° 28'N, 22° 00'W - Grid BE 4529
Complement56 (6 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoyHX-233 (straggler)
RouteVancouver - Port Alberni - Panama - New York (6 Apr) - Hull 
Cargo8700 tons of lumber and general cargo 
History Completed January 1943 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 07.47 and 07.49 hours on 17 April 1943, U-628 (Hasenschar) fired torpedoes at convoy HX-233 in grid BE 4615 (47°22N/21°58W) and observed one hit on each of two ships. In fact, the Fort Rampart was damaged and the American steam tanker Harrison Smith was missed.
At 11.30 hours the same day, U-628 hit the straggling Fort Rampart with a coup de grâce, but the vessel did not sink, until 03.26 hours on 18 April, when U-226 finally sank the ship about 900 miles east-northeast of the Azores with a coup de grâce and gunfire.

The Fort Rampart (Master William Henry Stein) was on her maiden voyage. Six crew members were lost. The master, 40 crew members, six gunners and three passengers (DBS) were picked up by the HMCS Arvida (K 113) (Lt D.G. King) and landed at Greenock.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Attack entries for Fort Rampart

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
17 Apr 1943U-628Kptlt. Heinrich HasenscharDamaged7,134  
18 Apr 1943U-226Kptlt. Rolf BorchersSunk7,134  

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Shadows on the Horizon

Haskell, Winthrop A.

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