Ships hit by U-boats

Violando N. Goulandris

Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameViolando N. Goulandris
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,598 tons
Completed1919 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam 
OwnerGoulandris Bros, Piræus 
Date of attack11 Jun 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position44° 04'N, 12° 30'W - Grid BE 9397
Complement28 (6 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteSanta Fe, Argentina - Waterford, Ireland 
History Laid down as Delfshaven, completed in March 1919 as Walcheren for NV Stoomvaart Mij Triton (Wm. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam. 1932 sold to Greece and renamed Violando N. Goulandris
Notes on event

At 01.10 hours on 11 June 1940 the neutral and unescorted Violando N. Goulandris (Master Konstantinos L. Vestarchis) was hit on starboard side aft by one G7e torpedo from U-48 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 8 knots in a clear night about 160 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre. The ship quickly settled aft and sank by the stern after 15 minutes. The master and five crew members were lost. The survivors had abandoned ship in one lifeboat and managed to reach Cape Finisterre after four days.

On boardWe have details of 28 people who were on board

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