greek Pateras D. J. & Sons - Diamantis J. Pateras SS Diamantis [+1939]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1917
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weight (tons) 4990  grt
dimensions 121.9 x 16 x 8.5 m
engine 3 cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 3115 nrt
power 476  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 239
IMO/Off. no. 137266
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
engine by
Dickinson, John & Sons, Sunderland
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[1]Pateras D. J. & Sons - Diamantis J. Pateras
SS Diamantis [+1939]
period 1934 ~ 1939
IMO/Off. no.: 137266
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[2]Furness Withy & Co. Ltd. (Neptune Steam Nav. Co., Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co., Hessler Shipping Co.), London
SS Korean Prince
period 1918 ~ 1934
[3]Common Bros. Ltd. - Hindustan S. S. Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
SS Hindustan
period 1917 ~ 1918
captain Pateras, Panagos
no. of crew 28
about the wreck
depth (m.) 110 max. / -- min. (m)
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[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Lettens Jan02/10/2013

Possibly another part of the Diamantis lies southwest from here at 118m.

Lettens Jan01/10/2009

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Lettens Jan31/07/2012Diamantis SS, Capt Pateras, a Greek merchant ship of 4.990 tons, carrying 7.700 tons of manganese from Freetown, West Africa to Barrow-in-Furness, UK was torpedoed on October 3rd, 1939 by the German U-boat U-35 (Capt Werner Lott), 40 miles west of Scillies, off Lands End.

As the weather was very rough, the U-boat warned the crew (by firing a gunshot) of the sinking. The crew of 28 panicked and went to the lifeboats. In the heavy seas, they all overturned.

Capt. Werner Lott then amazingly managed to pick them all up. Then 3 torpedoes were launched and Diamantis sank in 20 minutes. The crew was landed by U-35 at Ventry Harbour, Dingle Bay, Ireland on October 4th, 1939.

This noble action enjoyed worldwide attention in the media, but Capt. Werner Lott, was reprimanded by the U-Boat command for putting his U-Boat and crew in danger and breaching Ireland´s neutrality.

On November 29th, 1939, U-35 was sunk by the British, off Norway. The crew of U-35 was equally picked up by the British destroyers. More info on:
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About Builders
 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
The 'Bartram' shipbuilding business was started in 1837 at Hylton by George Bartram. Later he formed a partnership George Bartram & John Lister which lasted till 1854. Following the partnership dissolution, George Bartram was on his own at Hylton, trading as 'George Bartram & Sons'.

George Bartram............. 1837 to 18?? (South Hylton)
Bartram & Lister ............ 18?? to 1854 (South Hylton)
George Bartram & Sons. 1854 to 1871 (South Hylton)
Bertram, Haswell & Co... 1871 to 1894 (South Dock)
Bartram & Sons Ltd........ 1894 to 1967 (South Dock)

George Bartram opened his yard at Hylton in 1837. The business moved to South Dock in 1871, and was the only firm to launch ships directly into the North Sea. The company was taken over by Austin & Pickersgill in 1967. The yard closed in 1978.

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