Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,073 tons
Completed1942 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
Date of attack9 Jun 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateDamaged by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position42° 53'N, 67° 11'W - Grid CB 1122
Complement? men (1 dead and ? survivors).
RouteBaltimore - Halifax - UK 
CargoGeneral cargo, including carbide 

On 17 Feb 1942 launched as British Empire Fairbairn, completed on 27 April as Kronprinsen for Government of Norway.

1945 sold to Olsen & Ugelstad, Norway; 1952 renamed Vori for Cia. Nav. Porto Alegre SA, Panama; 1967 renamed Lukia M. for Liminship Cia. Nav., Greece.
On 10 Feb 1969, the Lukia M. sprang leak in the Yellow Sea, about 50 miles southwest of Barren Island in 29°29N/124°16E on voyage from Safaga to Korea and was abandoned. Later towed to Shanghai and subsequently seized by the Government of People´s Republic of China. No further trace. 

Notes on event

At 13.01 hours on 9 June 1942, U-432 fired four torpedoes at convoy BX-23A south of Cape Sable and damaged the Kronprinsen after 1 minute 32 seconds. Another torpedo missed its target, but damaged the Malayan Prince after 2 minutes 5 seconds.

The Kronprinsen lost her stern and the deck cargo caught fire, but the vessel was towed to Pubnico Fairway and beached there to discharge the cargo. On 23 July, after temporary repairs were made, she was towed to Halifax and on 9 October to Boston, Massachusetts to be repaired.


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