Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,154 tons
Completed1918 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerAnastase Denis Callinicos, Athens 
Date of attack22 Jun 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position47° 09'N, 4° 17'W - Grid BF 5568
Complement32 (1 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans – St. Nazaire (21 Jun) - Falmouth 
CargoGeneral cargo, including lead and naphtha drums as deck cargo 
History Completed in May 1918 as War Puma for the Shipping Controller, managed by J. Warrack & Co, Leith. 1919 renamed Mount Berwyn for Sefton SS Co (H.E. Moss & Co), London. 1925 sold to France and renamed Mont Genèvre for Soc. Generale de Transports Maritimes, Marseilles. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Neion
Notes on event

At 02.17 hours on 22 June 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Neion (Master Gerassimos Kolasitis) was hit in the engine room by one G7a stern torpedo from U-38 while steaming without navigational lights lit on a non-evasive course at 10 knots about 40 miles west-southwest of Belle-Ilé. One crew member was lost. The master, eight officers and 22 crew members abandoned ship in one lifeboat before she sank by the stern after five minutes.

The cargo of naphtha drums was recovered in 1948.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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