Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,748 tons
Completed1910 - Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerGeorge A. Georgilis, Chios 
Date of attack28 May 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-107 (G√ľnter Hessler)
Position8° 06'N, 16° 18'W - Grid ET 2769
Complement29 (2 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteRosario - Montevideo - Freetown - UK 
Cargo5460 tons of grain 
History Built as Leucadia 1916 renamed Stroma 1929 renamed Papalemos 
Notes on event

At 14.52 hours on 28 May 1941 the unescorted Papalemos was hit on the port side in the stern by one torpedo from U-107. The explosion destroyed large parts of the superstructure and a lifeboat. After the crew had abandoned ship in two lifeboats the sinking was accelerated with shots from the AA guns into the waterline at 16.00 hours. The U-boat went to the lifeboats for questioning, took care of three wounded survivors and provided them cigarettes, chocolate and provisions before leaving the area on a deception course.

On boardWe have details of 5 people who were on board

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