Ships hit by U-boats

British Prudence

British Motor tanker

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NameBritish Prudence
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,620 tons
Completed1939 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-754 (Hans Oestermann)
Position45° 28'N, 56° 13'W - Grid BB 8631
Complement50 (3 dead and 47 survivors).
ConvoyHX-181 (straggler)
RouteTrinidad - Halifax (21 Mar) - Clyde 
Cargo12.000 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in April 1939 
Notes on event

At 15.31 hours on 23 March 1942 the British Prudence (Master George Albert Dickson), a straggler from convoy HX-181, was torpedoed and sunk by U-754 northeast of Halifax. Three crew members were lost. The master, 41 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMS Witherington (D 76) (Lt R. Horncastle, RN) and landed at Halifax on 24 March.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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