Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,649 tons
Completed1919 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerLeonidas A. Embiricos, Piræus 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Position52° 30'N, 45° 30'W - Grid AJ 8674
Complement31 (5 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteSt. John, New Brunswick - Halifax (27 Oct) - Hull 
Cargo6151 tons of general cargo and vehicles 
History Completed in March 1919 as British Westcliff for Cliffside Shipping Co Ltd (W. Reay-Smith & J.W. Morrison), Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1920 sold to Norway and renamed Ullstad for Grefstads Rederi A/S (Bendix J. Grefstad), Arendal. In September 1936 sold to Greece and renamed Rinos
Notes on event

Between 04.10 and 04.23 hours on 2 November 1942 U-402 fired five torpedoes at convoy SC-107 about 500 miles east of Belle Isle and reported three ships sunk. One hit was observed on a Geraldine Mary type vessel in station #11 of convoy, but this was possibly a detonation near the ship, while two other torpedoes hit the Dalcroy and Rinos.

The Rinos (Master Dimitrios Lekkas) in station #13 was struck by one torpedo on port side and sank within five minutes. 5 crew members were lost. The master and 25 crew members (the ship was only armed with anti-aircraft guns) had abandoned ship immediately after the hit in a moderate sea, were picked up after about 90 minutes by the British rescue ship Stockport (Master Thomas Ernest Fea, OBE) and landed at Reykjavik on 8 November.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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