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M/S Black Prince
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo

(Norwegian Homefleet WW II)

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Figureheads of Bayard, Bretagne, Black Prince and Balkis. They were all made by the sculptor Emil Lie.
All pictures were scanned from Fred. Olsen & Co. fleet list, with permission from the company.

Tonnage: 5039 gt

Built by Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo in 1938, 365.1' x 53.3' x 26.5'. Owned by A/S Ganger Rolf, Oslo.

Passenger and general cargo vessel, Newcastle - Oslo.

 WW II: 

Seized by the Germans in May 1940. Used as an accommodation ship by the Luftwaffe from Aug. 24-1940, before taken over by the Kriegsmarine in Oslo on March 31-1941 and used as accommodation ship in Oslo, then as U-boat depot in Danzig from May 15-1941 (25th Uboot-Flottille). Renamed Lofjord on Sept. 11-1941.

 Final Fate: 

Caught on fire on Dec. 14-1941 at Danzig-Neufahrwasser and burnt out, 28 died. According to a message on my Ship Forum the casualties included 2 U-Boat commanders, 1 Chief Engineer and five watch officers, 11 missing or heavily wounded.

Later used as Luftwaffe target hulk, June 2-1942.


Broken up in Antwerp in Nov.-1951.

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(Source: R. W. Jordan, "The World's Merchant Fleets").

Another Black Prince was built in Lübeck in 1966, sistership of Black Watch, also built in 1966. During the winter she sailed between Europe and the Canary Islands, and in the summer in passenger trade in the North Sea. Jointly owned with Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen (Nor-Cargo). Sold in 1986 to Black Prince Inc.

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