Ships hit by U-boats

Mount Helmos

Greek Steam merchant

Mount Helmos under her former name Invergordon

NameMount Helmos
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,481 tons
Completed1923 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank 
OwnerKulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus 
Date of attack24 Nov 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position26° 38'S, 34° 59'E - Grid KP 6463
Complement35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteSuez - Aden - Capetown - St. John, New Brunswick 
History Completed in April 1923 as steam tanker Invergordon for Andrew Weir & Co, London. 1937 sold to Greece and converted to the steam merchant Mount Helmos
Notes on event

At 07.38 hours on 24 Nov 1942 the unescorted Mount Helmos was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-181 after a G7a torpedo was evaded one minute earlier. The survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans. The U-boat then shelled the ship with 78 rounds (65 hits) from the deck gun until it sank at 08.42 hours. During the attack the barrel of the 37mm AA gun burst and the damage made the weapon unusable for the rest of the patrol.


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