Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Ioanna under her former name Douglas

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage950 tons
Completed1907 - Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerB. Athanassiados (Yannoulatos Bros Ltd), Piræus 
Date of attack1 Jun 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position43° 09'N, 11° 55'W - Grid BE 9991
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyHG-32F (straggler)
RouteAlexandria - Newcastle 
History Completed in February 1907 as British Douglas for Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co, Goole. 1922 transferred to London & North-Western Railway Co, Goole and 1923 to London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co, Goole. 1937 renamed Stancourt for Stanhope SS Co Ltd (J.A. Billmeir & Co Ltd), London. 1937 sold to Greece and renamed Nepheligeretis for G.M. Mavroleon, Piræus. 1938 renamed Hermes for B. Athanassiades (A. Davaris), Piræus and later that year renamed Suzy for the same owner. 1940 renamed Ioanna for B. Athanassiades (Yannoulatos Bros Ltd), Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 23.04 hours on 1 June 1940 the unescorted Ioanna (Master Vasilis Laskos), a straggler from convoy HG-32F since the night of 29/30 May, was stopped by three shots across her bow by U-37 about 120 miles west of Cape Finisterre. At 22.25 hours, the U-boat had fired a G7a torpedo that was a circle runner. The crew immediately abandoned ship and were questioned by the Germans. The master told them that he was a former Greek submarine commander and he left the papers behind because it was clear for him that his ship would be sunk. He also offered the Germans the provisions that could be found on board, but the U-boat left after firing one G7a torpedo as coup de grâce at 23.04 hours, which struck the drifting Ioanna on starboard side and caused her to sink after 10 minutes. The survivors later landed at Vigo.

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