Ships hit by U-boats

Nicolas Angelos

Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameNicolas Angelos
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,351 tons
Completed1912 - Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerJohn N. Angelos, Chios 
Date of attack1 Feb 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position59° 00'N, 17° 00'W - Grid AL 3616
Complement? men (? dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-279 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool (28 Jan) - New York 
History Completed in November 1912 as River Orontes for America-Levant Line Ltd (S. & J. Thompson), London. 1931 sold to Greece and renamed Nicolas Angelos
Notes on event

At 21.25 hours on 1 Feb 1941 the unescorted Nicolas Angelos, a straggler from convoy OB-279, was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-48 about 130 miles northwest of Rockall after being missed by a first torpedo at 20.58 hours. The U-boat waited for the crew to abandon ship and then fired 28 rounds from the deck gun from 21.50 to 22.15 hours. The ship caught fire and sank by the bow at 23.04 hours. Schultze observed how the survivors set sail in their lifeboat, but they were never found.


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