Ships hit by U-boats

Port Montreal

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NamePort Montreal
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,882 tons
Completed1937 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerPort Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position12° 17'N, 80° 20'W - Grid EB 8582
Complement88 (2 dead and 86 survivors).
RouteHalifax (21 May) - Hampton Roads (1 Jun) - Panama - Melbourne 
Cargo7500 tons of ammunition and a deck cargo of 14 aircraft 
History Completed in October 1937 
Notes on event

At 11.58 hours on 10 Jun 1942, U-68 fired one torpedo from a distance of about 2000 meters at the unescorted Port Montreal (Master John Godfrey Lewis) about 178 miles north of Cristobal, Panama. The wake was spotted on the ship and she turned to evade but because of that the torpedo hit the stern and caused the ship to sink fast. Merten noted in the war diary that the shot was out of desperation and the hit was very lucky.

At 19.30 hours on 8 June, the Port Montreal had picked up 43 survivors from Tela which had been sunk by U-504 (Poske) earlier that day. The master, 42 crew members, two gunners and the 43 survivors abandoned ship in four lifeboats but two men from Tela later died in the boats and were buried at sea. On 16 June, the survivors were picked up by the Colombian schooner Hiloa and landed at Cristobal the next day.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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