Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,114 tons
Completed1938 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack29 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position52° 45'N, 1° 56'E - Grid AN 7633
Complement37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteCandia, Crete - London - Hull 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 200 tons of currants and 50 tons of mohair 
Notes on event

At 01.30 hours on 29 Nov 1939 the Ionian (Master William Smith) in convoy FN-43 struck a mine, laid on 21 November by U-20 1.5 miles 132° from Newarp Lightship. The ship was abandoned 4 miles 340° from the lightship and sank in 52°45´15N/01°56´15E. The master and 36 crew members were picked up by the HMS Hastings (L 27) (Cdr E.H. Vincent) and landed at South Shields.


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