Ships hit by U-boats

George J. Goulandris

Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameGeorge J. Goulandris
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,345 tons
Completed1913 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerGoulandris Bros, Piræus 
Date of attack29 Jun 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position29° 05'N, 25° 10'W - Grid DG 9258
Complement28 (0 dead and 28 survivors).
ConvoySL-78 (straggler)
RouteMauritius - Freetown (18 Jun) - Leith Roads 
History Completed in November 1913 as Nigaristan for Strick Line Ltd (F.C. Strick & Co), Swansea. 1919 renamed Portloe for Portloe SS CO Ltd (W.E. Hinde & Co), Cardiff. 1936 renamed Lyminge for Constants (South Wales) Ltd, Cardiff. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed George J. Goulandris
Notes on event

At 11.46 hours on 29 June 1941 the unescorted George J. Goulandris (Master Dimitrios Lekkas), a straggler from convoy SL-78, was hit on the starboard side by two G7e torpedoes from U-66 about 380 miles west of the Canary Islands. The first torpedo struck in #2 hold and the second in #4 holds, blowing off the hatches and sugar from the cargo over the decks. The crew could not send a distress signal as the wireless had been wrecked and abandoned ship in two lifeboats within three minutes when the ship began to settle quickly, sinking 15 minutes after being hit. The U-boat surfaced shortly afterwards and the Germans questioned the master, asking the usual questions about the name and nationality of the ship, its cargo and destination. They then gave provisions and cigarettes to the occupants of both boats before leaving the area. The survivors were picked up two hours after the sinking by Batna from the same convoy and were landed at Oban on 12 July.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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