Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,562 tons
Completed1910 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerMaris A. Embiricos, Athens 
Date of attack20 Nov 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position25° 42'S, 33° 27'E - Grid KP 5322
Complement32 (11 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteLourenço Marques (19 Nov) - Mombasa - Aden 
Cargo5035 tons of coal 
History Completed in July 1910 as British Bideford for Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd (W.J. Tatem & Co), Cardiff. 1922 renamed North Anglia for North Shipping Co Ltd (Hugh Roberts & Son), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1933 sold to Greece and renamed Corinthiakos for M.A. Embiricos, Andros. 
Notes on event

At 01.24 hours on 20 November 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Corinthiakos (Master Leonidas Alexandrou Paleokraosas) was hit on starboard side aft by one G7a torpedo from U-181 and sank within two minutes 35 miles northeast by east of Inhaca Lighthouse. The master and ten crew members were lost. The U-boat picked up a man swimming in the water and transferred him to one of the two lifeboats in which the crew had abandoned ship and questioned the men. 19 survivors reached Inhaca later that day, were picked up by the Portuguese tug Chaimite and landed at Lourenço Marques at 16.30 hours on 20 November. Two survivors were picked up by the British motor merchant Gurjarat at 13.30 hours on 21 November.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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