Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Efploia under her former name Podmladak. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,867 tons
Completed1911 - Irvine´s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd, Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool 
OwnerGeorge Christos Lemos, Athens 
Date of attack1 Sep 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-101 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position55° 27'N, 13° 17'W - Grid AM 4289
Complement27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).
ConvoyOB-205 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - Father Point, Quebec 
History Completed in November 1911 as British Glendene for Glendene SS Co Ltd (Milburn, Lund & Co), Whitby. 1919 renamed Severnmede for Brand-Adams SS Co Ltd (D. & T.G. Adams), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1925 renamed Doverton for Regier Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1927 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Podmladak for Parobrodarsko Akc. Drustvo Progres, Split. 1936 sold to Greece and renamed Efploia
Notes on event

At 00.55 hours on 1 September 1940 the unescorted Efploia, a straggler from convoy OB-205, was hit aft by a G7e torpedo from U-101 about 130 miles northwest of Ireland. The Germans observed that the ship settled by the stern and the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats. The survivors were picked up later that day by HMS Anthony (H 40) (LtCdr N.J.V. Thew, RN), which scuttled the wreck by gunfire in 55°43N/13°05W.


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