The 7,127 ton Fort Qu´Appelle was a Ben Line steamer en route Vancouver - Seattle - Panama - Kingston, Jamaica - Halifax - UK with 9200 tons of general cargo, including 500 tons of acetone when on her maiden voyage she was torpedoed.
She had been completed March 1942, with the Hull built by Vancouver Dry Dock Co, for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
On 7 May 1942 the Fort Qu´Appelle picked up 22 survivors from the Green Island, which had been sunk by U-125 (Folkers) one day earlier, and landed them on 9 May at Kingston, Jamaica.
At 04.54 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Fort Qu´Appelle (Master Wilfred Alexander Murray) was torpedoed and sunk by U-135 north of Bermuda. The master, 12 crew members and one gunner were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (LtCdr R.T. Ingram) and landed at Shelburne, Nova Scotia on 19 May.
James Hill Douglas, a seaman, was one of those on board, one of the casualties. He is listed on the Tower Hill Memorial in London. No date of birth is given.
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