British Steam merchant
|Completed||1943 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Common Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||29 Jun 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-988 (Erich Dobberstein)|
|Position||50.33N, 00.35W - Grid BF 3246|
|Complement||47 (5 dead and 42 survivors).|
|Route||Normandy beaches - Portsmouth|
|History||Completed in January 1943 for Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) |
|Notes on event|
About 16.00 hours on 29 Jun, 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 board||We have details of 6 people who were on board.|
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