Ships hit by U-boats

Anna Bulgaris

Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameAnna Bulgaris
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,603 tons
Completed1912 - Richardson, Duck & Co, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerCharalambos Th. Bulgaris, Andros 
Date of attack25 Jun 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-77 (Heinrich Schonder)
Position49° 30'N, 44° 00'W - Grid BC 2684
Complement35 (35 dead - no survivors)
RouteSwansea - Milford Haven (13 Jun) - Montreal 
History Laid down as Tavian, completed in January 1912 as British Indianola for Leyland Shipping Co Ltd, Liverpool.

1914 seized by Germany in Hamburg and used as balloon vessel. Since March 1915 used as mothership for six small minesweepers in the Auxiliary Minesweeping-Division Swinem├╝nde. 1917 attached to the I. and in October to the III. Minesweeping-Division. On 16 Oct 1917, torpedoed and damaged by the British submarine HMS C-27 in the Gulf of Riga. Repaired and in January 1918 transferred to the III. Minesweeping-Flottilla. 1919 returned to the British owners. 1930 sold to Greece and renamed Anna Bulgaris
Notes on event

At 04.36 hours on 25 June 1941 the unescorted Anna Bulgaris (Master Petros N. Glinos) was hit aft by a stern torpedo from U-77 about 600 miles south of Cape Farewell. The U-boat had spotted the ship at 21.36 hours the day before and hit her with a dud at 00.30 hours. The Germans observed how the survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats before she sank, but they were never seen again.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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