Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,840 tons
Completed1909 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerG.N. Pittas Bros & Co, Chios 
Date of attack9 Sep 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position56° 43'N, 9° 16'W - Grid AM 0249
Complement? men (17 dead and ? survivors).
RouteNew Orleans - Sydney - Glasgow 
Cargo5410 tons of sulphur phosphate 
History Built as Rossano 1921 renamed Possidon 
Notes on event

At 00.24 hours on 9 Sep 1940, U-47 fired a single torpedo at convoy SC-2 and missed the intended target but hit the Possidon. The U-boat then had to avoid another merchant of convoy that passed on collision course in only 50 metres distance without noticing the enemy.


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