Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,551 tons
Completed1915 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam 
OwnerHeirs of the late Petros J. Goulandris, Piræus 
Date of attack28 Nov 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position25° 13'S, 34° 00'E - Grid KP 3719
Complement32 (0 dead and 32 survivors).
RouteAden (14 Nov) - Lourenço Marques 
History Completed in November 1915 as Dutch Algenib for NV Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co´s Stoomvaart Mij, Rotterdam. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Evanthia
Notes on event

At 22.50 hours on 28 November 1942 the unescorted Evanthia (Master C. Valmas) was hit on port side amidships by one G7a torpedo fired from a stern torpedo tube of U-181 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 10 knots in a bright moonlit night about 70 miles northeast of Inhaca Lighthouse. She quickly began to settle on an even keel and the crew of 30 men and two gunners (the ship was armed with two anti-aircraft guns) abandoned ship in two lifeboats in moderate seas within five minutes. The mast collapsed and brought the aerial down just after they had sent a distress signal. However, the Evanthia did not sink so the U-boat surfaced half an hour later and shelled her until she sank after 45 minutes. About 70 of the 107 rounds fired with the deck gun were hits, but every fourth round of incendiary ammunition was a dud. The survivors pulled their lifeboats to the nearby Praia de Sepúlveda and were later transported by road to Lourenço Marques via Vila João Belo.

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