Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,064 tons
Completed1918 - Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol 
OwnerOnesimus Dorey & Sons Ltd, Guernsey, Channel Islands 
Date of attack2 Feb 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald Jürst)
Position52° 40'N, 2° 13'E - Grid AN 8442
Complement11 (2 dead and 9 survivors).
RouteIpswich - Sunderland 
History Completed in February 1918 as Lochee for Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd, Dundee. 1936 renamed Portelet for Onesimus Dorey & Sons Ltd, Guernsey. 
Notes on event

At 20.40 hours on 2 Feb 1940 the unescorted Portelet (Master Alexander Joseph Walsh) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-59 and sank less than one mile southwest by west of Smith’s Knoll Lightship. Two crew members were lost. The master and eight crew members were picked up by the Finnish steam merchant Oscar Midling and landed at Immingham on 4 February.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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