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Battleship Prinz Eugen

Battleship Prinz Eugen

Posted: 22 May 2009 6:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'Connor
From my limited knowledge of this ship, it was one of the last German ships to survive the war and was taken over by the British in '45.

I am looking for anybody with any knowledge of the ship once it had been handed over to the British.

There is a story in my family that my grandfather, James Philip O'Connor, had the responsibility of captaining the ship once it had been captured. There was apparently a letter stating the particulars of this that was sent to my grandfather to say thank you. Included was a photograph of the Prinz Eugen and a commemorative booklet. Unfortunately, my grandfather didn't see any value in the letter and threw it away leaving us only the photo and booklet.

I would love to hear from anybody who has any information or has links to anybody who would have any related stories.

Re: Battleship Prinz Eugen

Posted: 23 May 2009 10:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Prinz Eugen – under the command of Hansjurgen Reinicke - surrendered to the British at Copenhagen on 8 May 1945 and on 27 May 1945 was escorted by the Royal Navy to Wilhelmshaven.
On 13 December 1945 she was taken to Wesermunde and handed over to the US Navy – where she was commissioned as the USS Prinz Eugen (IX-300). She sailed for the US in January 1946 under the command of A.H.Graubart, arriving in Boston on 22 January.
In the summer of 1946 the USS Prinz Eugen was one of the targets for the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. In tests “Able” and “Baker” she sustained minimal damage, but was heavily contaminated with nuclear fallout and was towed to Kwajalein and decommissioned. She capsized on 21st December on Enunuj reef, where she remains today.
Unfortunately the commander for the period when she was under the control of the Royal Navy does not appear in the many histories of the ship.

Re: Battleship Prinz Eugen

Posted: 27 May 2009 10:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the information.

It's such a shame that the name of the man who captained her isn't recorded. Still, at least the story of it being my grandfather hasn't been proved wrong.

I wonder if any of the men from that voyage would still be alive...

Re: Battleship Prinz Eugen

Posted: 27 May 2009 6:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
When she was taken over by the Americans, many of the original German crew sailed with her - so presumably most of them were with her during the period under British control
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