Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage950 tons
Completed1907 - Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerB. Athanassiados (Yannoulatos Bros Ltd), Piræus 
Date of attack1 Jun 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position - Grid BE 9991
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyHG-32F (straggler)
RouteAlexandria - Newcastle 
History Built as Douglas for Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co, Goole. 1937 renamed Stancourt and then Nepheligeretis 1938 renamed Hermes and then Suzy and 1940 renamed Ioanna
Notes on event

At 23.04 hours on 1 June 1940 the Ioanna, a straggler from convoy HG-32F since the night of 29/30 May, was stopped by 3 shots across her bow by U-37 about 120 miles west of Cape Finisterre. At 22.25 hours, the U-boat had fired a G7a torpedo that was a circle runner. The crew immediately abandoned ship and were questioned by the Germans. The master told them that he was a former Greek submarine commander and he left the papers behind because it was clear for him that his ship would be sunk. He also offered the Germans the provisions that could be found on board, but they sank the ship by a coup de grâce and left. The survivors landed at Vigo.


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