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Old 25-01-2017, 20:19
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Default SS Portsea- built 1938 sunk 1944

I've done a pretty thorough search of the Internet and I'm finding very little on this vessel apart from scant details on her sinking!

Any pointers would be most welcome

Always interested in more info on the following sailors who perished during WW2:

Robert James Knight HMS CURACOA
Joseph William Hale HMS ODIN
Herbert Astley Norris HMS BRITOMART
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:19
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Default Re: SS Portsea- built 1938 sunk 1944

According to Lloyds War Losses she was en-route from Manfredonia to Ancona with 2000 tons of cargo, including 100 of octane spirit and lubricating oil on deck. From crew of 23 and 6 gunners 25 were lost when she struck a mine

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Default Re: SS Portsea- built 1938 sunk 1944

My dad, Don Fixter was one of 2 survivers of the Portsea. He was a 20 year old gunner on the ship When it exploded he found himself hanging from the ship with the decision to fall in the water or climb on the ship. The ship was broken into two. There was burning fuel on the water surface. He decided to jump in the water and swim through a gap in the fires. He could hear his crewmates screaming being burned in the fires. He just kept swimming and got picked upand taken to hospital in Brindisi. There were only 3 men picked up. One was so badly burned that he died.
Dad thought he was the only survivor and after a few weeks in hospital they let him go home to England. When he boarded the train he met the other survivor who I think was called Harry. Neither of them had known the other had survived.
Dad lived in Grimsby the rest of his life, and I beleive he visited Harry once in Reading
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