Ships hit by U-boats

British Premier

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameBritish Premier
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage5,872 tons
Completed1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerBritish Tanker Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack24 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)
Position6° 20'N, 13° 20'W - Grid ET 2661
Complement45 (32 dead and 13 survivors).
ConvoySLS-60 (straggler)
RouteAbadan - Freetown (22 Dec) - Swansea 
Cargo8000 tons of crude oil 
History Completed in December 1922 
Notes on event

At 16.41 hours on 24 Dec 1940 the British Premier (Master Francis Dalziel), a straggler from convoy SLS-60, was hit by two G7a torpedoes from U-65 and sank 200 miles southwest of Freetown. The master, 30 crew members and one gunner were lost. Nine crew members were picked up on 3 Jan 1941, by HMS Hawkins (I 86) (Capt H.P.K. Oram, RN) and landed at Freetown. On 3 Feb 1941, four surviors were picked up after 41 days in an open boat (25 days without food) by HMS Faulknor (H 62) (Capt A.F. de Salis, RN) off the west coast of Africa and landed at Freetown.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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