Ships hit by U-boats

Mount Myrto

Greek Steam merchant

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NameMount Myrto
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,403 tons
Completed1919 - Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Quebec 
OwnerKulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus 
Date of attack14 Jun 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position50° 03'N, 10° 05'W - Grid BF 1526
Complement24 (4 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteGalveston - London 
CargoGeneral cargo and timber 
History Completed in November 1919 as French Alsace II for Cie Française d'Armement & d'Importation de Nitrate de Soude, Dunkirk. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Mount Myrto for J.A. Cosmetto and Kulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 19.11 hours on 14 Jun 1940 the Mount Myrto was missed by two stern torpedoes from U-38, which had followed her since five hours. The U-boat then surfaced and began shelling the ship with 53 rounds. After the shelling, the U-boat accidentally dived, leaving six men of the gun crew in the water, which were picked up after 10 minutes. At 19.58 hours, the ship was hit by a coup de grâce near the bridge, but the ship did not sink due her load of timber and Liebe decided to leave the wrecked vessel because convoy HX-47 came in sight some minutes later. The master and three crew members were lost.


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