Ships hit by U-boats

Javanese Prince

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameJavanese Prince
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,593 tons
Completed1926 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack20 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-138 (Franz Gramitzky)
Position59° 46'N, 10° 45'W - Grid AM 2338
Complement60 (2 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteCardiff (15 May) - Milford Haven (17 May) - New York 
History Completed in January 1926 
Notes on event

At 21.24 hours on 20 May 1941 the Javanese Prince (Master George Gillanders) was hit in the engine room by one of three torpedoes from U-138 and sank slowly 155 miles northwest of the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Two crew members were lost. The master, 45 crew members, eight gunners and four passengers were picked up by HMS Faulknor (H 62) (Capt A.F. de Salis, RN), HMS Lincoln (G 42) (Lt R.J. Hanson, RN) and HMS Assurance (W 59) (SubLt E.E. Litts). All survivors were transferred to the rescue ship Toward (Master Arthur James Knell) and landed at Gourock on 28 May.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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