Ships hit by U-boats


Diamantis

Greek Steam merchant



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NameDiamantis
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,990 tons
Completed1917 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerDiamantis J. Pateras & Sons, Chios 
HomeportChios 
Date of attack3 Oct 1939Nationality:      Greek
 
FateSunk by U-35 (Werner Lott)
PositionGrid BF 2479
Complement28 (0 dead and 28 survivors).
Convoy
RoutePepel - Freetown - Barrow-in-Furness 
Cargo7700 tons of manganese ore 
History Built as Hindustan, 1918 renamed Korean Prince, 1934 renamed Diamantis 
Notes on event

About 15.40 hours on 3 Oct, 1939, the Diamantis (Master Panagos Pateras) was hit by one torpedo from U-35 and sank 40 miles west of the Scilly Islands. She had been stopped in bad weather by the U-boat at 13.15 hours and the crew was ordered to abandon ship. After the first two G7a torpedoes fired exploded prematurely, a G7e torpedo was fired and worked correctly. Because the lifeboats were not suited for use in the bad weather, Lott decided to take all crew members aboard and landed them the next day in Dingle Bay, Ireland.

 
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