Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,538 tons
Completed1920 - A. McMillan & Son Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerPateras Bros, Piræus 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-177 (Robert Gysae)
Position32° 30'S, 16° 00'E - Grid GR 1715
Complement29 (29 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyTRIN-16 (dispersed)
RouteMontreal (10 Aug) - Sydney, CB (14 Aug) - Trinidad (9 Oct) - Saldanha Bay - Durban 
Cargo3929 tons government stores and 2553 tons of general cargo 
History Laid down as War Stock for The Shipping Controller, completed in May 1920 as Dalworth for R. S. Dalgliesh Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1935 renamed Simonside for Connell & Grace Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Aegeus for Pateras Bros, Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 21.59 hours on 2 Nov 1942 the unescorted Aegeus, dispersed from convoy TRIN-16 on 12 October, was hit by two torpedoes from U-177 and blew up in a heavy explosion off Cape Columbine. The U-boat had to dive to avoid falling debris, but one crewman was slightly wounded when entering the conning tower. The ship had been spotted at 05.34 hours and was attacked with a torpedo at 10.22 and 10.26 hours, which both passed underneath the vessel because the firing distance was too short.


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