Ships hit by U-boats

Frederick S. Fales

British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameFrederick S. Fales
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,525 tons
Completed1939 - Cantiere Riuniti dell’ Adriatico (CRDA), Monfalcone 
OwnerOriental Tankers Ltd (Standard Transp. Co Ltd), Hong Kong 
HomeportHong Kong 
Date of attack22 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 30'N, 13° 40'W - Grid AL 6553
Complement49 (21 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteCuraçao - Halifax - Clyde 
Cargo13,849 tons of Admiralty fuel oil 
History Completed in June 1939 
Notes on event

At 01.52 hours on 22 Sep 1940 the Frederick S. Fales (Master Frank Ramsay) in convoy HX-72 was hit on the port side aft by two torpedoes from U-100 and sank by the stern within 5 minutes about 340 miles west of Bloody Foreland. The master 19 crew members and one gunner were lost, most of them died when the sinking ship capsized to starboard and hit a lifeboat lying alongside. 28 crew members were picked up after about 12 hours by HMS La Malouine (K 46) (LtCdr R.W. Keymer, RN) and landed at Belfast on 25 September.

On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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