Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Zeus under her former name Dagfred. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,961 tons
Completed1920 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerElias E. Hadjilias, An D. Manthos & Others, Athens 
Date of attack19 Feb 1943Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-403 (Heinz-Ehlert Clausen)
Position49° 28'N, 44° 50'W - Grid BC 2696
Complement38 (38 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyONS-165 (straggler)
RouteHull (18 Jan) - Loch Ewe (2 Feb) - Halifax 
History Completed in December 1920 as Norwegian Vestheim for Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen & Co, Oslo. 1922 renamed Dagfred for John P. Pedersen & Son, Oslo. 1928 sold to France and renamed Emilie L.D. for Louis Dreyfus & Cie, Dunkirk. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Zeus
Notes on event

At 08.17 hours on 19 Feb 1943 the unescorted Zeus, a straggler from convoy ONS-165 due to bad weather, was torpedoed and sunk by U-403.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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