Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,990 tons
Completed1917 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerDiamantis J. Pateras & Sons, Chios 
Date of attack3 Oct 1939Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-35 (Werner Lott)
Position49° 15'N, 6° 35'W - Grid BF 2479
Complement28 (0 dead and 28 survivors).
RoutePepel - Freetown - Barrow-in-Furness 
Cargo7700 tons of manganese ore 
History Completed in November 1917 as Hindustan for Hindustan Steam Shipping Co Ltd (Common Brothers Ltd), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1918 renamed Korean Prince for Prince Line Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Liverpool. 1934 sold to Greece and renamed Diamantis for Diamantis J. Pateras & Sons, Chios. 
Notes on event

About 15.40 hours on 3 October 1939 the unescorted and neutral Diamantis (Master Panagos Pateras) was hit by one torpedo from U-35 and sank about 40 miles south-southwest of the Scilly Islands. She had been stopped in bad weather by the U-boat at 13.15 hours and the crew was ordered to abandon ship. After the first two G7a torpedoes fired exploded prematurely, a G7e torpedo was fired and worked correctly. Because the lifeboats were not suited for use in the bad weather, Lott decided to take all crew members aboard and landed them the next day in Dingle Bay, Ireland.

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