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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Oiler Norman Sorensen USMM
Sea 1c Donald Sundin USN
Sea 1c Howard Versteegh USN
Lt(jg) William Warnock USN
Radio Officer Orren Wischebrink USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking