The Northern Princess was built in Germany by Deusche A & M Ag at Bremen in 1936 for Mac Line Ltd of Fleetwood.
She was Transferred to Grimsby in 1937 and fished with the Northern Fleet of Trawlers.
Requisitioned in 1939 and used as an Armed Boarding Vessel and an Anti Submarine Trawler.
She was lost on 07/03/1942 whilst on loan to the US Navy by a cause unknown off Newfoundland West Atlantic.
According to Toghill she was one of a fleet of trawlers that sailed from Londonderry in February for the USA
She was believed to be lost off the Grand Banks when she ran into thick fog.
She disappeared over night and her loss was attributed to the action of U-94 But no explosion was heard or wreckage found, an alternative theory was that she hit an iceberg.
Toghill further states that after the war it is confirmed that U-94 did actually sink her BUT according to Rohwer it was U 587 in grid ref BB83 at 45 22N/ 55 59 W at 2043 hrs.
So as it was with many of these incidents it will need further investigating
Below are copies of logs during WW2
|Surname||Forenames||Age at Death||Date of Death||Rank||Boat|
|WALKER||HAROLD||38||04/11/1939||Seaman Cook||HMT Northern Princess|
Here are the Details
- LO 170
- Official No 165375
- 655 GT 243 NT
- Call Sign GYYY
- Pennant FY 4.06
- Yard No 568
- Dimensions 188.1 x 28.1 x 15.5
- Foc’sle 31′