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Greek steamer HADIOTIS, imo 4067142/ 126m/ 11kn; 01/1929 completed by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co.(1927) Ltd., Howden-on-Tyne, for Kassos Steam Navigation Co., Ltd, Syra, Greece, mgrs Pnevmatikos, Rethymnis, Yannaghas, London; 22/12/1939 In order to secure the supply of Switzerland, the federal W

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Thanks for this interesting picture, Rui, but are you sure it's really taken in 1941?
As far as I know the ships chartered by the Government of Switzerland displayed neutrality signs, first a mixture of Greek and Swiss ones, later on (after Greece was in war with Italy) only Swiss ones. They should still be visible even after some days laying on shore:
http://www.swiss-ships.ch/krieg/hadiotis_SFVV/hadiotis_SVFF_funchal-1-gr.jpg
 

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In the end of 1940 and early 1941 Great Britain claimed 5 of the Greek vessels, chartered since 1939 by Switzerland (the charterparty was signed for a duration till to the end of war), for their control, and Switzerland was forced by Great Britain to co-operate in that case. This may be the reason why HADIOTIS bore not anymore the neutrality colours, because she was choosen as well to give away (see also the dark painted superstructure on the wreck picture). After her grounding and declaring as a total loss, she was not anymore of interest by the British Minstry of War Transport, and free for purchase by the Swiss Government.
The lack of those chartered Greek ships, which had to give away, let to a big shortage of tonnage for Switzerland, so the Government had to find a solution as soon as possible to replace this missing tonnage, which finally endet up to have a own deep sea merchant fleet under the neutral Swiss flag.

N.B. 4 of this 5 vessels claimed by Great Britain, did not survived the World War II. only the MOUNT HELIKON was at the end a lucky ship.
 

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Thanks, carimar, but to my knowledge the five ships reclaimed were "Atlanticos", "Mount Helikon", "Mount Parnes", "Mount Pindus" and "Mount Taurus", but not the "Hadiotis".
Are you assuming "Hadiotis" was a sixth vessel? Or one of the others was a replacement after "Hadiotis" was lost??
 

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Olá
Greek steamer HADIOTIS stranded 15/02/1941 and remained ashore until 15/4/1941 when she refloated with assistance of three Portuguese salvage tugs. On 24/04/1941 after preliminary repairs she was towed for Lisbon where she arrived in the next day for final repairs.
On that time some others Greek ships came to Leixões, like KASSOS, unloading grain from USA.
http://www.swiss-ships.ch/krieg/hadiotis_SFVV/form-history-en-hadiotis_SFVV.htm
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Rui Amaro
 

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Hallo Rui, Kgvm and Carimar,
Thanks very much for the very interesting photo and comments about the old HADIOTIS.
Just for the story,after the end of the war,the first Owners (Kassos steam navigation Co
Lts Syra ) acquired in 1946 the liberty JAMES H. COURTS which renamed also HADIOTIS.
This ship sold in 1965,renamed ACHILLES,and BU in Osaka 1966.
 

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dear all,
many thanks for your messages, i suppose that the HADIOTIS was either the 6. vessel or another steamer was choosen? not found anymore infos about, yet. but her dark painted superstructure and the lack of neutrality signs on her hull, shows that she was allready offhire from the Swiss government charter.
 

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