Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,085 tons
Completed1919 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ 
OwnerD.A. Nicolaides, Piræus 
Date of attack21 Nov 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position56° 17'N, 14° 12'W - Grid AM 4241
Complement27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteAvonmouth - Botwood, Newfoundland 
History Completed in December 1919 as Bellflower for US Shipping Board (USSB), later registered in Panama. 1939 laid up at Norfolk for sale by Hyman-Michaels Co, Chicago IL. 1940 sold to Greece and renamed Victoria
Notes on event

At 07.40 hours on 21 Nov 1940, U-103 fired torpedoes at convoy OB-244 about 250 miles west of Bloody Foreland and sank the Daydawn. Schütze reported a hit on an unknown steamer running directly for the U-boat, but the torpedo glanced off and did not explode. At 07.50 hours another attack was made and the Victoria was sunk.

The Victoria was abandoned by the crew, later located in 56°08N/14°20W and a tug was sent out to recover the ship, but failed to find her on 23 November. The survivors were picked up by HMS Castleton (I 23) (Cdr F.H.E. Skyrme, RN (retired)).


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