Ships hit by U-boats

Thetis A.

Greek Steam merchant

Thetis A. under her former name Nagos. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameThetis A.
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,111 tons
Completed1910 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerGeorge F. Andreadis, Athens 
Date of attack14 Jul 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)
Position47° 40'N, 13° 20'W - Grid BE 6556
Complement29 (9 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteRosario - Limerick, Ireland 
History Laid down as Algeriana for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. Completed in May 1910 as Indian Transport for Empire Transport Co Ltd (Houlder Brothers & Co Ltd), West Hartlepool. 1930 sold to Greece and renamed Nagos for Livanos Brothers (N.G. Livanos), Chios. 1934 renamed Thetis A. for P.G. Andreadi, Chios. 
Notes on event

At 18.18 hours on 14 July 1940 the unescorted Thetis A. was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-52 and sank in 5 minutes west-southwest of the Scillies after the survivors abandoned ship in the starboard lifeboat. The ship had been spotted at 16.33 hours and attacked with a G7a torpedo at 18.13 hours, but the torpedo malfunctioned.


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