Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Germaine under her former name Ocean Prince. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,217 tons
Completed1911 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerS. Castanos & Sons, Athens 
Date of attack15 Dec 1939Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position51° 00'N, 12° 18'W - Grid BE 3334
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteAlbany, New York - Cork 
History Completed in September 1911 as British Glenetive for Caledonia SS Co Ltd (J. Gardiner & Co), Glasgow. 1921 renamed Ocean Prince for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1935 sold to Greece and renamed Germaine
Notes on event

At 16.11 hours on 15 Dec 1939 the unescorted Germaine was stopped by a shot across her bow by U-48 southwest of Ireland. Because the ship was carrying cargo for Britain, the crew was ordered into the lifeboats and the ship was sunk by a torpedo at 17.40 hours. The survivors were picked up by the Norwegian motor merchant Vinland.


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