Ships hit by U-boats

Empire Portia

British Steam merchant

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NameEmpire Portia
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,058 tons
Completed1943 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack29 Jun 1944Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-988 (Erich Dobberstein)
Position50° 33'N, 0° 35'W - Grid BF 3246
Complement47 (5 dead and 42 survivors).
RouteNormandy beaches - Portsmouth 
History Completed in January 1943 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) 
Notes on event

About 16.00 hours on 29 June 1944 the Empire Portia (Master Thomas Kirby Suttie) in convoy FTM-22 was badly damaged by an explosion off Selsey Bill. The vessel was taken in tow by HMS LST-416, but the tow parted and she grounded with a broken back on Peel Bank near Ryde, Isle of Wight. The forward section was towed to Falmouth, the aft section to Briton Ferry, South Wales and subsequently broken up. The master and 41 crew members were saved, but five crew members were lost.

U-988 did not return from patrol, so it is not clear whether this ship was torpedoed or mined.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

Location of attack on Empire Portia.

ship damaged.

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