Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Evdoxia under her former name Dionyssios. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,018 tons
Completed1903 - Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges., Flensburg 
OwnerJohn Stefanopoulos, Nicolaos M. Andronicos and Ph. Philippacopoulos, Piræus 
Date of attack15 Jul 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position51° 09'N, 10° 55'W - Grid AM 8784
Complement23 (1 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteSunderland (10 Jul) – Piræus, Greece 
Cargo3090 tons of coal 
History Completed in August 1903 as German Captain W. Menzell for Hanseatischer Dampfer Cie (Menzell & Co), Hamburg. 1912 renamed Albert Killing for Gewerkschaft "Deutscher Kaiser", Mülheim. 1919 transferred to Belgium as war reparation. 1922 renamed Hesbaye for Cie Hanséatique Belge (Legrand & Van Regemortel), Antwerp. In July 1927 sold to Greece and renamed Dionyssios for E.D. Caravias, Ithaca. 1938 renamed Evdoxia for The Balkans & Near East Shipping Agency, Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 03.21 hours on 15 July 1940 the unescorted and neutral Evdoxia was hit amidships by one G7a torpedo from U-34 and sank capsizing after 10 minutes about 40 miles southwest of Bull Rock, Ireland. The U-boat had spotted the Greek flag painted on the side of the illuminated ship prior to the attack, but nevertheless attacked her with its last torpedo. One crew member was lost. The survivors, three of them wounded, were landed at Swansea.


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