Greek Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Napier & Miller Ltd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow|
|Owner||Aegeon SS Co Ltd, Piræus|
|Date of attack||11 Apr 1941||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-124 (Georg-Wilhelm Schulz)|
|Position||06.55N, 15.38W - Grid ET 5635|
|Complement||31 (4 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires - Freetown - Barry Roads|
|Cargo||7151 tons of wheat|
|History||Laid down as British War Poppy for the Shipping Controller, completed in October 1919 as Knockfierna for Limerick SS Co Ltd, Limerick. 1935 sold to Greece and renamed Aegeon. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.59 hours on 11 Apr, 1941, the unescorted Aegeon was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-124 about 170 miles west-southwest of Freetown. The ship sank by the stern at 21.35 hours, shortly after the U-boat surfaced and left without questioning the survivors because the Alcinous had been sighted. The crew had managed to send a distress signal before they abandoned ship and HMS Wishart (D 67) (Cdr E.T. Cooper, RN) was redirected to their position, but the destroyer found no trace of wreckage or lifeboats during a short search of the area the next morning and had to return to Freetown as she was low on fuel. The survivors were picked up by the British motor merchant Sheaf Holme landed at Freetown on 14 April.
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