Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

Amarylis under her former name Assiout. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,328 tons
Completed1918 - North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Londonderry 
OwnerAmarylis SS Co Ltd (S.G. Embiricos), Panama 
Date of attack2 Dec 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position28° 14'S, 33° 24'E - Grid KP 3583
Complement37 (29 dead and 8 survivors).
RouteKosseir, Egypt - Massawa (7 Nov) - Aden - Lourenço Marques - Durban 
History Completed in November 1918 as British Assiout for Moss SS Co Ltd (J. Moss & Co), Liverpool. 1935 sold to Greece and renamed Maroulio for M.E. Kydoniefs, Andros. 1938 renamed Amarylis for S.G. Embiricos and registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

At 17.40 hours on 2 December 1942 the unescorted Amarylis (Master Stamatios I. Polemis) was hit on port side amidships by a G7a torpedo from U-181 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 7.5 knots in rainy weather about 140 miles south-southeast of Lourenço Marques. The ship broke in two and sank within three minutes, so fast that the crew had no time to launch the lifeboats and only a few men managed to reach the rafts that floated free. The master, 26 crew members and two gunners (the ship was armed with five machine guns) were lost. The U-boat went to a raft with six survivors and the commander questioned the second officer. On this opportunity the Germans took a drowning sheep aboard for fresh meat. The eight surviving crew members were rescued by the Portuguese sloop Gonçalves Zarco on 8 December and taken to Lobito.

On boardWe have details of 22 people who were on board

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