Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton|
|Owner||Pateras Bros, Piræus|
|Date of attack||2 Nov 1942||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)|
|Position||32.30S, 16.00E - Grid GR 1715|
|Complement||29 (29 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Montreal (10 Aug) - Sydney, CB (14 Aug) - Trinidad (9 Oct) - Saldanha Bay - Durban|
|Cargo||3929 tons government stores and 2553 tons of general cargo|
|History||Laid down as War Stock for The Shipping Controller, completed in May 1920 as Dalworth for R. S. Dalgliesh Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1935 renamed Simonside for Connell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Aegeus for Pateras Bros, Piræus. |
|Notes on event|
At 21.59 hours on 2 Nov, 1942, the unescorted Aegeus, dispersed from convoy TRIN-16 on 12 October, was hit by two torpedoes from U-177 and blew up in a heavy explosion off Cape Columbine. The U-boat had to dive to avoid falling debris, but one crewman was slightly wounded when entering the conning tower. The ship had been spotted at 05.34 hours and was attacked with a torpedo at 10.22 and 10.26 hours, which both passed underneath the vessel because the firing distance was too short.
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