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:

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