Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||D.A. Nicolaides, Piræus|
|Date of attack||21 Nov 1940||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)|
|Position||56° 17'N, 14° 12'W - Grid AM 4241|
|Complement||27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Avonmouth - Botwood, Newfoundland|
|History||Completed in December 1919 as Bellflower for US Shipping Board (USSB), later registered in Panama. 1939 laid up at Norfolk for sale by Hyman-Michaels Co, Chicago IL. 1940 sold to Greece and renamed Victoria. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.40 hours on 21 Nov 1940, U-103 fired torpedoes at convoy OB-244 about 250 miles west of Bloody Foreland and sank the Daydawn. Schütze reported a hit on an unknown steamer running directly for the U-boat, but the torpedo glanced off and did not explode. At 07.50 hours another attack was made and the Victoria was sunk.
The Victoria was abandoned by the crew, later located in 56°08N/14°20W and a tug was sent out to recover the ship, but failed to find her on 23 November. The survivors were picked up by HMS Castleton (I 23) (Cdr F.H.E. Skyrme, RN (retired)).
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