british Port Line Ltd. - Commonwealth & Dominion Line SS Port Nicholson (+1942)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1919
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 8402  grt
dimensions 146.7 x 19 x -- m
material steel
engine 2 steam turbines
power  
speed 14  knots
yard no. 487
IMO/Off. no. 143058
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 16/06/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 658
about people
builder
Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
owner
Port Line Ltd. - Commonwealth & Dominion Line, London
captain Jeffrey, Harold Charles
complement 4
no. of crew 81
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 17/06/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 03/02/2012
 
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 Lettens Jan   02/02/2012

Treasure hunter claims $3bn PORT NICHOLSON find off US coast

A Maine treasure hunter says he has discovered a WWII-era shipwreck filled with platinum, now worth $3bn (£1.9bn). Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research says a wreck sitting 50 miles (80km) off the US Atlantic coast is the SS Port Nicholson, sunk in 1942

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Claes Johnny17/06/2008At 04.17 hours on 16 Jun, 1942, U-87 fired one torpedo at the leading ship of convoy XB-25 northeast of Cape Cod during a gale and fired at 04.18 hours a second torpedo at another ship. Berger observed how the first hit and thought that the second missed, but apparently both hit PORT NICHOLSON.

At 04.21 hours, a spread of two torpedoes was fired which both hit CHEROKEE. The PORT NICHOLSON (Master Harold Charles Jeffrey) was first hit in the engine room where two crew members on watch below were killed, a second torpedo hit aft and caused her to settle by the stern, while the HMCS NANAIMO (K 101) (Lt Thomas James Bellas, RCN) took off the master, 80 crew members and four gunners. ...

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About Builders
 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.



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Claes Johnny17/06/2008At 04.17 hours on 16 Jun, 1942, U-87 fired one torpedo at the leading ship of convoy XB-25 northeast of Cape Cod during a gale and fired at 04.18 hours a second torpedo at another ship. Berger observed how the first hit and thought that the second missed, but apparently both hit PORT NICHOLSON.

At 04.21 hours, a spread of two torpedoes was fired which both hit CHEROKEE. The PORT NICHOLSON (Master Harold Charles Jeffrey) was first hit in the engine room where two crew members on watch below were killed, a second torpedo hit aft and caused her to settle by the stern, while the HMCS NANAIMO (K 101) (Lt Thomas James Bellas, RCN) took off the master, 80 crew members and four gunners.

At dawn, the ship was still afloat and it was decided to reboard her to assess the damage and chances of salvage. The boarding party consisted of the master, the chief engineer, the commander of the corvette and five of his men. After they had boarded the vessel, wind came up and the rough seas broke the weakened bulkheads causing her to sink quickly by the stern.

The men climbed down the ladders and got into the lifeboat but the suction of the sinking ship overturned the lifeboat, drowning the master, the chief engineer, the commander of the corvette and two of his men (Lt John Molson Walkley, RCNVR and AB Leslie Horne).

The surviving three men from the boarding party were picked up by the corvette, which then brought the survivors to Boston, Massachusetts. Twelve survivors from the PORT NICHOLSON were later repatriated on the CAPE RACE, which was sunk by U-660 (Baur) in convoy SC-94 on 10 August. All survived the sinking and were rescued.
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