Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,283 tons
Completed1918 - J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn G. Livanos, Piræus 
Date of attack17 Oct 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position57° 00'N, 24° 30'W - Grid AL 0143
Complement32 (32 dead - no survivors)
RouteVictoria, Brazil - Sydney, CB (5 Oct) - Ardrossan 
Cargo7000 tons of iron ore 
History Completed in September 1918 as War Tulip for The Shipping Controller, managed by West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co. 1919 renamed Ethelfreda for R.Harrowing & Co, Whitby. 1933 sold to Greece and renamed Evros
Notes on event

Between 03.42 and 03.46 hours on 17 Oct 1941, U-432 attacked three ships in convoy SC-48 while moving on the surface between the seventh and eight columns, first hitting the Bold Venture in station #91 with one torpedo. At 03.43 hours, a spread of two torpedoes missed a ship in the eight column but one hit was claimed on a ship beyond which is not confirmed by Allied reports. The U-boat then fired its stern torpedo and sank Evros in station #63.

The Evros was hit amidships by the torpedo, broke in two and sank immediately due to her heavy cargo. There were no survivors despite initial reports that two had been rescued, apparently a mistake in name when two men from Erviken were picked up.


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