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Archibald MacLean

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Death 5 Feb 1943
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: He was on the West Portal when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-413
Memorial ID 85951912 · View Source
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On Feb 5, 1943, Chief Mate ARCHIBALD MACLEAN was on board SS West Portal, an American merchant ship, as it made its way from New York and Halifax to Liverpool. The freighter, carrying general cargo, army stores and mail, had straggled from Convoy SC-118 and was sailing a zigzag course when it was spotted by German submarine U-413. From a distance of 3500 yards, the u-boat fired a spread of four torpedoes, the third hitting the ship forward of the bridge. Two more torpedoes were fired and the second hit the stern, causing the ship to sink. Although some of the men were observed by the Germans getting into lifeboats, they were never seen again. A distress signel was received by HMS Vanessa (D29) but no position was given. HMS Vanessa left the convoy and searched but nothing was found. There were 40 Merchant Mariners, 25 Navy Armed Guards, and 12 passengers on board; none survived.

Address of record: Hamburg, NY


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  • Created by: Patricia O'Neal
  • Added: 28 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85951912
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Archibald MacLean (unknown–5 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85951912, ; Maintained by Patricia O'Neal (contributor 47113049) Body lost at sea, who reports a He was on the West Portal when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-413.