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Ships - Saxon Prince
Saxon Prince, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the morning of February 25, 1916, 620 miles west from Fastnet, Ireland.
Saxon Prince was a British steamship built by Short Brothers at Sunderland, England in 1899. She was owned by the Prince Line of Newcastle, England was 352 feet long, of 3,471 tons and a speed of 9 knots.
Prince Line lost three ships to German raiders during the war. SeaGull sank Saxon Prince and French Prince. Indian Prince was captured by Kronprinz Wilhelm on September 4 and sunk on September 9, 1914.
Captain William Storm Jameson was in command with a crew of 33 when Saxon Prince sailed on February 12, 1916 from Norfolk, Virginia for Manchester, England. She carried a cargo of 4,000 tons including explosives, cotton, rye grain, eggs, cheese and steel ingots.
The captain and crewmembers were on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven, Germany on March 4, 1916.
Seven members of the crew, Danish seamen, were sent home, the others were interned as prisoners of war. Denmark was neutral during the war.
The Prince Line passed the name Saxon Prince to another one of their ships in 1917. This ship was sold in 1924. During WWII, the ship was taken over by the Italian government and on October 27, 1942 she was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Porpoise in the Red Sea.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Saxon Prince captain and crew listed as POWs.
THE LOG OF THE MOEWE, by Graf zu Dohna.
HILFSKREUZER MOEWE, by Otto Mielke, SOS Schicksale Deutscher Schiffe.
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