Ships hit during WWI


GRT2,128 tons
Country  Greek
BuilderT. Turnbull & Son, Whitby
OperatorJean Charopoulos, Piraeus
HistoryBuilt as Florence for Geo. Pyman, Whitby, from 1884 owner listed as Pyman Bros., London. In 1898, owner became the London & Northern SS. Co., Ltd. (Pyman Bros.), London. Sold in 1912 to Lambert Bros., Ltd., London. The next year, W. F. Henry van der Zee acquired the vessel, changed its name to Helka, and registered it in Smyrna under the Dutch flag. In 1915, he registered in Piraeus under the Greek flag. It was also likely at this point that she was renamed Elka. Jean Charopoulos bought the steamer in 1917.

U-boat attacks on Steamer Elka

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
119 Apr 1918U 34 (Johannes Klasing)SunkTorpedoed SW of Cape Gati, 20 miles off Adra

Dakar - Marseille

Had sailed from Genoa on 14 April 1918 in convoy GaG16.

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