Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,882 tons
Completed1929 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerUnited Molasses Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack23 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-522 (Herbert Schneider)
Position32° 02'N, 24° 38'W - Grid DG 6239
Complement51 (1 dead and 50 survivors).
ConvoyUC-1 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - CuraƧao 
History Completed in December 1929 
Notes on event

At 07.41 hours on 23 Feb 1943 the Athelprincess (Master Egerton Gabriel B. Martin, OBE), a straggler from convoy UC-1, was hit by two torpedoes from U-522 and sank west of Madeira. One crew member was lost. The master, 42 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMS Weston (U 72) (Cdr L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), transferred to USS Hilary P. Jones (DD 427) and landed at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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