Ships hit by U-boats

Merchant Prince

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Pedro Harrison

NameMerchant Prince
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,229 tons
Completed1939 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerDrake Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack16 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-77 (Otto Hartmann)
Position36° 10'N, 0° 30'W - Grid CH 8473
Complement45 (1 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteAlgiers - Gibraltar 

Completed in September 1939

Broken up at Hong Kong in June 1963.

Notes on event

About 11.20 hours on 16 March 1943, U-77 fired torpedoes at convoy ET-14 northwest of Oran and hit the Hadleigh and Merchant Prince.

The Merchant Prince was first abandoned, but reboarded the next day and towed to Oran where the ship was beached. On 8 April, the ship was refloated and continued to the UK after temporary repairs were made at Oran, she arrived in Glasgow on 2 August for permanent repairs.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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