Ships hit by U-boats

Siamese Prince

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

NameSiamese Prince
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,456 tons
Completed1929 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Feb 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-69 (Jost Metzler)
Position59° 53'N, 12° 12'W - Grid AM 1435
Complement68 (68 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew York - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in September 1929 for Prince Line Ltd. 
Notes on event

At 21.19 hours on 17 February 1941 the unescorted Siamese Prince (Master Edgar Litchfield) was hit forward on port side by one G7a torpedo from U-69 while steaming in very rough seas with a moderate swell at 13 knots about 150 miles north-northwest of Rockall. The U-boat had chased the ship for more than five hours and she even remained afloat after being hit on port side aft by another torpedo at 21.41 hours. The ship sank by the bow five minutes after being hit on starboard side amidships by a third torpedo at 22.12 hours. The Germans had observed how the crew abandoned ship in lifeboats, but no survivors were ever found. The master, 56 crew members, two gunners and nine passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 68 people who were on board

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