Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,917 tons
Completed1938 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerS.G. Embiricos Ltd, Athens 
Date of attack18 Feb 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position44° 03'N, 9° 42'W - Grid BF 7582
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteCardiff - Piraeus 
History Completed in March 1938 
Notes on event

At 00.45 hours on 18 February 1940 the unescorted and neutral Ellin was hit on port side forward by one G7e torpedo from U-37 about 60 miles north-northwest of Cape Villano. The hit had not much effect and the ship only settled slowly by the bow, so at 01.09 hours a second torpedo was fired as coup de grĂ¢ce that struck amidships and caused the ship to sink immediately after breaking in two. The survivors were rescued by the Spanish fishing trawler Manin.


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