Ships hit by U-boats

Chinese Prince

British Motor merchant

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NameChinese Prince
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,593 tons
Completed1926 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg 
OwnerFurness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack12 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position56° 12'N, 14° 18'W - Grid AM 4243
Complement64 (46 dead and 18 survivors).
RoutePort Said - Capetown - Liverpool 
Cargo9167 tons of general cargo, including potash, currants and magnesite 
History Completed in June 1926 
Notes on event

At 04.14 hours on 12 June 1941 the unescorted Chinese Prince (Master Wilma Finch) was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 south of Rockall. The master, 43 crew members and two gunners were lost. 18 crew members were picked up by HMS Arbutus (K 86) (T/Lt A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (K 71) (Lt F.H. Thornton, RNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 54 people who were on board

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