Ships hit by U-boats

Mount Athos

Greek Steam merchant

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NameMount Athos
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,578 tons
Completed1913 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerKulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus 
Date of attack28 Nov 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position54° 30'N, 15° 25'W - Grid AL 6698
Complement28 (19 dead and 9 survivors).
ConvoyOB-248 (straggler)
RouteBarry - Freetown 
Cargo5250 tons of coal 
History Completed in March 1913 as Greek Iossifoglu for Hellenic Transport SS Co (S. Iossifoglu), Piræus. 1923 sold to Britain and renamed Pentowy for Lambert Barnett & Co, London. 1932 sold to Greece and renamed Mount Athos for Rethymnis & Kulukundis (Hellas) Ltd & Constantine Scarvelis, Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 08.42 hours on 28 Nov 1940 the unescorted Mount Athos, a straggler from convoy OB-248, was hit under the bridge by one torpedo from U-103 and sank by the stern within 4 minutes about 200 miles south-southwest of Rockall. The crew had managed to send a distress signal and HMS Folkestone (L 22) (LtCdr C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Seaman (W 44) were ordered to proceed to assistance, but found nothing in the area. On 30 November, nine survivors were picked up by HMS Vanquisher (D 54) (Lt A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) which was escorting convoy OB-251.


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