british Port Line Ltd. - Commonwealth & Dominion Line SS Port Brisbane (+1940)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1923
weight (tons) 8315  grt
dimensions 152.6 x 18.4 x -- m
engine 2 triple expansion engines
speed 14  knots
yard no. 462
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cause lost scuttled
date lost 21/11/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 670
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Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd., Belfast
Port Line Ltd. - Commonwealth & Dominion Line, London
captain Steele H.
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Lettens Jan13/07/2011On November 19th, 1940, while west of Cape Leeuwin Port Brisbane received an RRR radio message from the Shaw Saville & Albion ship Maimoa which indicated that it was under attack from a surface raider.

The master of the Port Brisbane, Capt. H. Steele, heeded the warning and turned away from the scene heading north at full speed until darkness fell when he resumed his original course.

However, on November 21st, 1940, Pinguin attacked SS Port Brisbane and as Port Brisbane refused to surrender and tried to escape at full speed, she was pounded with shells from Pinguin. Port Brisbane managed to send out the 'RRR' signal until the radio masts were carried away and the ship set on fire.

The crew then took to the lifeboats. Most survivors were taken prisoner, except 3 lifeboats containing 27 men who were subsequently picked up by on November 27th by the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra.
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Lettens Jan13/07/2011SMS PINGUIN VICTIMS

The German raider Pinguin managed to sink/take as prize the following allied ships:

Sunk by mines

Millimumul, Nimbin, Cambridge and City of Rayville (the latter 2 sunk by mines laid by Passat, the captured Norwegian Storstad).

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