British Steam merchant
|Completed||1938 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool|
|Owner||Ellerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||29 Nov 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)|
|Position||52.45N, 01.56E - Grid AN 7633|
|Complement||37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Candia, Crete - London - Hull|
|Cargo||General cargo, including 200 tons of currants and 50 tons of mohair|
|Notes on loss|
At 01.30 hours on 29 Nov, 1939, the Ionian (Master William Smith) in convoy FN-43 struck a mine, laid on 21 November by U-20 1.5 miles 132° from Newarp Lightship. The ship was abandoned 4 miles 340° from the lightship and sank in 52°45´15N/01°56´15E. The master and 36 crew members were picked up by the HMS Hastings (L 27) (Cdr E.H. Vincent) and landed at South Shields.
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