Ships hit by U-boats

Port Antonio

Norwegian Steam merchant

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NamePort Antonio
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,266 tons
Completed1913 - Sørlandets Skibsbyggeri A/S, Fevig near Arendal 
OwnerL. Harboe Jensen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack19 Jul 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position23° 39'N, 84° 00'W - Grid DM 4153
Complement24 (13 dead and 11 survivors).
RoutePuerto Barrios, Guatemala - Tampa, Florida 
History Completed in February 1913 by Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredriksstad 
Notes on event

At 19.12 hours on 19 Jul 1942 the unescorted Port Antonio (Master Oscar Gundersen) was hit on the starboard side amidships by one torpedo from U-129 and sank within two minutes. The master and 12 crew members were lost. The survivors jumped into the water but managed to get into the starboard lifeboat. The U-boat surfaced, questioned the survivors and gave them the course for Cuba. After a search for more survivors they headed for land, reaching the coast near Santa Lucia on 21 July.

One of the survivors, Jørgen Edvard Magnussen, had been on the Cadmus, which was sunk by the same U-boat on 1 Jul 1942. He had reached the coast after five days and is reported to have joined the Port Antonio, only to be again shipwrecked within two weeks.

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On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

Location of attack on Port Antonio.

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