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Name: BRITISH PREMIER
Type: Tanker
Launched: 25/08/1922
Completed: 12/1922
Builder: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 925
Dimensions: 9132dwt, 5872grt, 3377nrt, 440.6 x 53.7 x 32.7ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, DR geared, 523nhp
Engines by: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 146684
History:
12/1922 British Tanker Co Ltd, London
24/12/1940 Sank
Comments: 24/12/1940: Sunk by torpedo from German U-Boat U65
Position 200miles SW from Freetown 6.20N/13.20W
BRITISH PREMIER left Freetown in convoy SLS.60 (Abadan to Swansea via Freetown) on 22/12/1940 and soon became a straggler. At 16.41 hours on 24/12/1940 she was in position 06.20N, 13.20W (200 miles SW of Freetown!) when she was torpedoed and sunk by U65. Nine crew members were rescued by HMS HAWKINS on 03/01/1941 and four crew members were saved by HMS FAULKNER on 03/02/1941, having been 41 days in an open boat and 25 days without food.


Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair