Great information. You definitely enlightened me a bit on this question.
I took a hard look at this question and wrote about it in my book about the PoW and Repulse, "Hostages to Fortune."
I looked at it because some surviving officers of the PoW were very offended by a suggestion in Middlebrook & Mahoney's "Battleship" that she was unlucky, a "Jonah."
The question is more complicated than it first appears. It's really two questions; was she unlucky, or was she considered unlucky by Royal Navy sailors of the day, either unlucky herself or unlucky to the battlecruisers she was with.
There is evidence that at the time (1941) some sailors in the Royal Navy thought of her as unlucky, either herself or to battlecruisers she was with, but the fact that the PoW's officers didn't hear anything about it until "Battleship" was published in the '70s suggests that it wasn't a very widespread phenomenon.
Hope this helps...
With all the talk of the new Flyhawk Hood and books on the loss of the POW and Repulse a few posts down.... got me thinking...
Knowing how superstitious sailors are...I wonder if the RN sailors started to believe privately that HMS Prince of Wales was an unlucky ship - or at least an unlucky ship to sail with...
Sure, she was a brand new ship and she had a relatively uneventful sortie into the Med after the Bismarck action. But, I wonder if after POW and HMS Repulse went down in the South China Sea (although tragic) the HMS Renown sailors breathed a sigh of relief. After all, if you are a Royal Navy battle cruiser being ordered to sail with the Prince of Wales did not guarantee your safe return home. She went through two of them - the mighty HMS Hood beloved HMS Repulse.
I really have never read any accounts of RN sailors or brass believing this, but it's just something that made me say to myself "Hmmmmmmmmmmm....I wonder"....
I welcome those of you more versed on this subject to chime in! I'd love to know your thoughts.