Daily Event for October 13, 2011

The cargo ship Welsh Prince was built at R. Craggs & Sons in Middlesbrough, England and was launched Aug. 10, 1903. The 410' cargo ship was registered at 4,934 tons and sailed for the Prince Line for her entire career. James Knott, the founder of the Prince Line sold the enterprise to Furness Withy in 1916 after loosing two sons in the Great War, his third son was taken prisoner at Gallipoli.

Not far from Cape Matapan, Greece on October 13, 1916 the Welsh Prince was en route to Dundee from Calcutta, she would never make it. Lurking in the area was SMS UB-43, for Kapitänleutnant Hans von Mellenthin UB-43 was his first command. Welsh Prince was torpedoed without warning, some reports say by a submarine flying the Austro-Hungarian flag, but it was UB-43 who fired the torpedoes. Sadly I don't know the details of the sinking other than the fact that two men were lost with the ship.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Welsh Prince
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Howarth, J.
Wright, Thomas P.
3rd Engineer

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