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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


West Portal

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Friday, February 5, 1943
U-Boat Attack in the North Atlantic
The Freighter SS West Portal was torpedoed by U-413 in the North Atlantic while en convoy from New York to Liverpool England. ... The ship had straggled away from the convoy when she was sunk. Neither the ship nor the crew were ever seen again.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 65

Name Service Branchsort descending
Cook Chew Jung USMM
A.B. Charles Shipelis USMM
Messman Otto Liedtke USMM
O.S. William Smedley USMM
Bosun Alexis Bigelow USMM
Cook Joe Ling USMM
Radio Officer Orren Wischebrink USMM
Wiper George Bikowski USMM
Chief Mate Archibald Maclean USMM
Oiler Stig Borgqvist USMM
Chief Steward Dixie Burton USMM
3rd Engineer Edward Mason USMM
Messman George Chapman USMM
2nd Mate Harmon Coe USMM
Chief Engineer Charles Mcclintock USMM
Deck Engineer Frank Manning USMM
Wiper John Detiska USMM
O.S. Thomas Mcgovern USMM
Oiler Norman Sorensen USMM
Messman Morris Dickoff USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking