Ships hit by U-boats

Princess Marguerite

Canadian Troop transport

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2597

NamePrincess Marguerite
Type:Troop transport
Tonnage5,875 tons
Completed1925 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank 
OwnerCanadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack17 Aug 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-83 (Hans-Werner Kraus)
Position32° 03'N, 32° 47'E - Grid CP 8134
Complement1123 (58 dead and 1065 survivors).
RoutePort Said - Famagusta, Cyprus 
History Completed in March 1925 as steam passenger ship Princess Marguerite for Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Montreal. In September 1939 requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and used as troop transport. 
Notes on event

At 14.08 hours on 17 August 1942 the Princess Marguerite (Master Richard Avery Leicester) in a small convoy with air escort was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by U-83 and sank burning northwest of Port Said. Five crew members and 53 troops were lost. The master, 119 crew members and 945 troops were picked up by HMS Hero (H 99) (Lt W. Scott, RN) and HMS Kelvin (F 37) (Cdr M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC, RN) and landed at Port Said.

On boardWe have details of 61 people who were on board

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