Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,845 tons
Completed1911 - Irvine´s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool 
OwnerC.P. Laimos and J.C. Ponticos, Chios 
Date of attack8 Oct 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)
Position34° 20'S, 17° 50'E - Grid GR 5649
Complement33 (28 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteBeirut - Aden – Lourenço Marques (28 Sep) - Capetown (7 Oct) - Buenos Aires 
History Completed in August 1911 as British Glenbridge for Glenbridge SS Co Ltd (Milburn, Lund & Co), Whitby. 1932 sold to Greece and renamed Pantelis
Notes on event

At 01.40 hours on 8 Oct 1942 the unescorted Pantelis (Master Samonas Panaghiotis) was hit on the starboard side forward of amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-172 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 6.5 knots about 40 miles southwest of Capetown. The ship sank by the bow within two minutes after a boiler explosion. No lifeboats could be launched because the ship sank too fast and the survivors rescued themselves on a raft that floated free. 28 Greek crew members (the ship was armed with two machine guns) were lost. On 10 October, the master and four crew members were picked up by HMS Rockrose (K 51) (Lt E.J. Binfield, RNR) and landed at Capetown on 12 October.

On boardWe have details of 33 people who were on board

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