Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,208 tons
Completed1889 - Earleā€™s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull 
OwnerD. Inglessi Fils SA, Samos 
Date of attack17 Oct 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-97 (Udo Heilmann)
Position31° 14'N, 28° 50'E - Grid CP 7189
Complement34 (31 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (16 Oct) - Marsa Matruh - Tobruk 
CargoGovernment stores 
History Completed in January 1889 as British Oldham for Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Co, Grimsby. 1913 sold to Greece and renamed Eleftheria for W. Morphy & Son. 1929 renamed Samos for D. Inglessi Fils SA, Samos. 
Notes on event

At 00.55 hours on 17 Oct 1941, U-97 spotted a small convoy, consisting of the Samos and Pass of Balmaha under escort by HMS Cocker about 50 miles west of Alexandria. The ships formed the 4th convoy for Operation Cultivate, the relief of the Tobruk garrison. A first spread of three torpedoes missed at 02.17 hours, but a second spread of two torpedoes fired at 03.25 hours hit and sank the Samos. The second merchant was sunk with a spread of two torpedoes at 04.00 hours.

24 crew members, three gunners and four British passengers from Samos were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Cocker and landed at Alexandria.

On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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