Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,343 tons
Completed1906 - Robert Stephenson & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerMichael A. Tachmindji, Athens 
Date of attack15 Sep 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position56° 30'N, 16° 30'W - Grid AM 1998
Complement30 (5 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteMontreal - Sharpness 
Cargo4500 tons of timber and paper 
History Completed in September 1906 as British King Howel for King Line Ltd (Philipps, Philipps & Co Ltd), London. 1916 renamed Bayhowel for Bay Steamship Co, London. 1921 sold to France and renamed Hohneck for SA de Nav. Les Armateurs Française, Rouen. 1923 sold to Greece and renamed Artemissia for P. Macris, Syra. 1935 renamed Alexandros for M.A. Tachmindji, Syra. 
Notes on event

At 01.23 hours on 15 Sep 1940 the Alexandros in convoy SC-3 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-48 during its second attack on this convoy. The ship was abandoned, stayed afloat for some time and foundered later in 56°50N/15°04W. The survivors were picked up by HMS Wanderer (D 74) (Cdr J.H. Ruck-Keene, DSC, RN).


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