Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Steam merchant

Portadoc under her former name James B. Foote

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,746 tons
Completed1924 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerPaterson Steamships Ltd, Fort William, Ontario 
HomeportFort William 
Date of attack7 Apr 1941Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)
Position7° 17'N, 16° 53'W - Grid ET 5321
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick - St. Lucia - Freetown 
History Completed in March 1924 as Eugene C. Roberts for A.B. Mackay SS Co, Hamilton, Ontario. 1925 sold to Union Transit Co Ltd (James B. Foote), Toronto, Ontario and renamed James B. Foote. 1939 sold to Paterson Steamships Ltd, Fort William, Ontario and renamed Portadoc
Notes on event

At 17.39 hours on 7 April 1941 the unescorted Portadoc (Master John Evan Jones) was hit by one torpedo in the stern from U-124 about 150 miles southwest of Freetown. The ship settled by the stern but did not sink, so the U-boat surfaced at 17.50 hours and shelled her with 21 rounds from the deck gun and the 20mm AA gun. The master and 19 crew members had abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were provided with water after being questioned. The survivors made landfall six days later at Benty, French Guinea and were interned by the Vichy French authorities.

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