Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,211 tons
Completed1914 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerJohn Th. Galakis, Athens 
Date of attack15 Aug 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by UA (Hans Cohausz)
Position35° 00'N, 20° 00'W - Grid CF 2164
Complement19 (19 dead - no survivors)
RouteTakoradi (14 Jul) - St. Vincent (5 Aug) - Workington 
CargoManganese ore 
History Built as Pacific 1916 renamed Hornby Castle 1929 renamed Theodoros Galakis 1931 renamed Aspasia 
Notes on event

At 22.02 hours on 15 Aug 1940, UA fired two G7a torpedoes at the unescorted Aspasia, observed a hit and the fast sinking of the ship after a boiler explosion. The U-boat had spotted the ship about two hours earlier and left the sinking position because they heard screams.


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