Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd, Athens|
|Date of attack||30 Jan 1940||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-55 (Werner Heidel)|
|Position||48.37N, 07.46W - Grid BF 19|
|Complement||28 (0 dead and 28 survivors).|
|Route||London - Ciudad Trujillo|
|History||In October 1917 completed as British War Rose for Shipping Controller, managed by Hall Bros, London. 1919 sold to Belgium and renamed Gallier for Lloyd Royal Belge, Antwerp; 1930 transferred to Compagnie Maritime Belge, Antwerp. 1933 sold to France and renamed Baltique for Compagnie Baltique-Ocean-Mediterranee, Le Havre. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Keramiai for P.N. & G.N. Lykiardopulo, Argostoli; 1937 transferred to Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd (Lykiardopulo), Argostoli. |
|Notes on loss|
At 07.00 and 11.05 hours on 30 Jan, 1940, U-55 attacked the convoy OA-80G (later designated OG-16) and sank Vaclite in the first and Keramiai in the second attack.The U-boat was herself sunk by the escorts after the second attack.
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