Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1912 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees|
|Owner||Maris A. Embiricos, Athens|
|Date of attack||7 Dec 1942||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)|
|Position||24.46S, 35.30E - Grid KP 6155|
|Complement||33 (31 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||Port Said - Aden - Durban|
Completed in May 1912 as German Luise Horn for H.C. Horn, Lübeck. 1919 taken over by Britain as war reparation by The Shipping Controller (G. Heyn & Sons), London. 1921 renamed Maid of Andros for Byron SS Co (M. Embiricos), London. 1931 sold to Greece and renamed Saronikos for M.A. Embiricos, Andros.
|Notes on event|
At 17.20 hours on 7 Dec, 1942, the unescorted Saronikos (Master Alexandros A. Papatheofanous) was hit in the engine room by one of two torpedoes from U-177, broke in two and sank within two minutes in the Mozambique Channel about 55 miles south of Inhambane, Portuguese East Africa. The master, 28 crew members and two gunners (the ship was armed with two 20mm and two machine guns) were lost. The Germans questioned the two surviving crew members on a raft and provided them with bandages and provisions. The survivors made landfall after nine days near Chai Chai about 80 miles from Lourenço Marques and arrived in this harbor in the afternoon on 19 December.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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