Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1913 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland|
|Owner||Kulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus|
|Date of attack||28 Nov 1940||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)|
|Position||54° 30'N, 15° 25'W - Grid AL 6698|
|Complement||28 (19 dead and 9 survivors).|
|Route||Barry - Freetown|
|Cargo||5250 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in March 1913 as Greek Iossifoglu for Hellenic Transport SS Co (S. Iossifoglu), Piræus. 1923 sold to Britain and renamed Pentowy for Lambert Barnett & Co, London. 1932 sold to Greece and renamed Mount Athos for Rethymnis & Kulukundis (Hellas) Ltd & Constantine Scarvelis, Piræus. |
|Notes on event|
At 08.42 hours on 28 Nov 1940 the unescorted Mount Athos, a straggler from convoy OB-248, was hit under the bridge by one torpedo from U-103 and sank by the stern within 4 minutes about 200 miles south-southwest of Rockall. The crew had managed to send a distress signal and HMS Folkestone (L 22) (LtCdr C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Seaman (W 44) were ordered to proceed to assistance, but found nothing in the area. On 30 November, nine survivors were picked up by HMS Vanquisher (D 54) (Lt A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) which was escorting convoy OB-251.
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