Port Said - Aden (1 Jul) - Lourenco Marques - Durban
1500 tons of salt as ballast
Completed December 1942 for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
Notes on event
At 15.58 hours on 16 July 1943 the unescorted Fort Franklin (Master Thomas Witney Trott) was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 southwest of Reunion. Four crew members were lost and another later died of injuries. The master, 40 crew members and nine gunners made landfall after six days at Manajara, Madagascar.