Ships hit by U-boats

Scottish Prince

British Motor merchant

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NameScottish Prince
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,917 tons
Completed1938 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack17 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position4° 10'N, 8° 00'W - Grid EU 8513
Complement39 (1 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Capetown (5 Mar) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo6000 tons of palm kernels, 600 tons of castor seed and 900 tons of pig iron 
History Prince Line Ltd 
Notes on event

At 13.26 hours on 17 March 1942 the unescorted Scottish Prince (Master William Raymond Milner Hill) was hit amidships by one of two torpedoes from U-68 about 180 miles west of Takoradi. The ship caught fire and sank slowly after being shelled by the U-boat. One crew member was lost. The master, 34 crew members and three gunners were made landfall at Cape Palmas, Ivory Coast and were brought to Freetown by HMCS Weyburn (K 173) (Lt Thomas M.W. Golby).

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