Ships hit by U-boats

Port Auckland

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NamePort Auckland
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,789 tons
Completed1922 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerPort Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack17 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-305 (Rudolf Bahr)
Position52° 25'N, 30° 15'W - Grid AK 9529
Complement118 (8 dead and 110 survivors).
RouteBrisbane - Cristobal - Halifax (8 Mar) - Belfast Lough - Avonmouth 
Cargo7000 tons of frozen produce, 1000 tons of general cargo and mail 
History Completed in August 1922. On 15 Sep 1940, the Port Auckland was credited with downing a German aircraft during a daylight raid on the London Docks. 
Notes on event

At 23.09 hours on 17 March 1943, U-305 fired a spread of two torpedoes at convoy SC-122 southeast of Cape Farewell and hit the Port Auckland in station #93 in the engine room on the starboard side and Zouave in station #84, which sank within five minutes. A second spread of two torpedoes was fired at 23.10 hours and one of them hit again the Port Auckland, which sank behind convoy after her back was broken by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 00.41 hours on 18 March.

Eight crew members from the Port Auckland (Master Arthur Edward Fishwick) were lost. The master, 87 crew members, 12 gunners and ten passengers (RAF personnel) were picked up by HMS Godetia (K 226) (Lt M.A.F. Larose, RNR) and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats