Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,853 tons
Completed1925 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerKassos Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Syra 
Date of attack14 May 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateDamaged by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position39° 45'N, 72° 35'W - Grid CA 5344
Complement33 (0 dead and 33 survivors).
RouteLisbon - New York 
History Completed in March 1925 as British Ashleigh for Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd (W.J. Tatem Ltd), London. 1936 renamed Kingston Hill for Counties Ship Management Co Ltd, London. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Stavros for Kassos Steam Navigation Co Ltd (Pnevmaticos, Rethymnis, Yannaghas), Syra.

1953 sold to Costa Rica and renamed Atenas for Santiago Steamship Co (N.D. Rallias), Puerto Limon. 1960 sold to Panama and renamed Amu Darya for Cia de Nav. Victoria Neptuno, Panama. Broken up at Osaka in April 1962.  
Notes on event

At 13.57 hours on 14 May 1942 the unescorted Stavros was hit amidships by one of two torpedoes from U-593. She was en route in Swiss charter and the U-boat noticed the neutrality markings only after the hit and immediately stopped the attack. The ship was later salved and repaired.


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