Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1915 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam|
|Owner||Heirs of the late Petros J. Goulandris, Piræus|
|Date of attack||28 Nov 1942||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)|
|Position||25° 13'S, 34° 00'E - Grid KP 3719|
|Complement||32 (0 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Aden (14 Nov) - Lourenço Marques|
|History||Completed in November 1915 as Dutch Algenib for NV Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co´s Stoomvaart Mij, Rotterdam. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Evanthia. |
|Notes on event|
At 22.50 hours on 28 November 1942 the unescorted Evanthia (Master C. Valmas) was hit on port side amidships by one G7a torpedo fired from a stern torpedo tube of U-181 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 10 knots in a bright moonlit night about 70 miles northeast of Inhaca Lighthouse. She quickly began to settle on an even keel and the crew of 30 men and two gunners (the ship was armed with two anti-aircraft guns) abandoned ship in two lifeboats in moderate seas within five minutes. The mast collapsed and brought the aerial down just after they had sent a distress signal. However, the Evanthia did not sink so the U-boat surfaced half an hour later and shelled her until she sank after 45 minutes. About 70 of the 107 rounds fired with the deck gun were hits, but every fourth round of incendiary ammunition was a dud. The survivors pulled their lifeboats to the nearby coast of Portuguese East Africa and were later transported by road to Lourenço Marques.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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