Licença passada em Lisboa que autorizava aos marítimos portugueses o embarque em navios estrangeiros.

 

 

License issued in Lisbon authorized Portuguese seafarers to board foreign ships.

Hundreds of Portuguese served on foreign merchant ships during WWII. Some belonged to neutrals and other to belligerent countries, especially on the side of the Allies whose fleets were depleted from manpower due to the conflict.

All parts of the Portuguese empire supplied people who believed they could their living conditions, but the war would eventually take its toll in dead, wounded, and prisoners.

In this chapter of “Portugal 1939-1945” we will follow the stories from some of these men, whose trail is not always easy to find or follow…




Know their Stories:

Sousa, António de

    Ship: Aneroid (Panama) Birth place –  Birth date –  Death date – 10/02/1942 Father – Mother – António de Sousa was a stoker aboard the Panamanian Aneroid, when the ship was attacked by U-175 on October 2, 1942, while en … Read More

Ferreria, Manuel

    Ship – Nimba (Panama) Birth place –  Birth date – 1892 Death date – 13/09/1942 Father –  Mother –  Manuel Ferreria was a stoker aboard the Nimba, a Panamanian ship with a multinational crew, torpedoed by U-515 on September 13, 1942, … Read More

Ferreira, Manuel

    Ship – Pillory (Panama) Birth place –  Birth date – 1893 Death date – 05/06/1944 Father –  Mother –  Manuel Ferreira, a fireman, was one of 25 missing from the ship Pillory when it was sunk by U-539 off Puerto Rico … Read More

Agostinho, José

    Ship – Pillory (Panama) Birth place –  Birth date – 1911 Death date – 05/06/1944 Father –  Mother – José Agostinho was one of the 25 missing from the ship Pillory when it was sunk by U-539 off Puerto Rico on … Read More

Cruz, João da

    Ship – Jon (Panama) Birth place – Lisboa Birth date –  Death date –  Father –  Mother –  João da Cruz was a crew member of the Panamanian ship Jon, attacked in the Atlantic by an FW-200 plane at 6:45 … Read More

Gouveia, Joaquim

    Navio / Ship – Richard Hovey (USA) Birth place – Unhais da Serra Birth date – 24/06/1884 Death date – 29/03/1944 Father –  Mother –  Joaquim Gouveia died aboard the Richard Hovey where he was a stoker. The ship was sunk in the … Read More

Silva, Florêncio da

    Ship –Stamatios G. Embiricos (Greece) Birth place – Cabo Verde Birth date –  Death date –  Father –  Mother –  Florência da Silva was a crew member of the Greek ship Stamatios G. Embiricos which was intercepted by the German … Read More

Lima, António de S.

    Ship – Pillory (Panama) Birth place –  Birth date – 1899 Death date – 05/06/1944 Father –  Mother –  António Lima disappeared with 25 other men when his ship – the Panamanian  Pillory – was sunk by U-539 off Puerto Rico … Read More