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British Mexican Petroleum Co., Ltd.
Invergordon - (1923-1937)
 
"Invergordon" was build in 1923 by John Brown * Co., Ltd., Clydebank.
1936: Sold (Countries Ship Management Co.) Tanks removed.
1937: renamed "Mount Helmos" (Kulukundis, Greece).
24.11.1942: Sunk by submarine ( U-181 ) torpedo and gunfire off East Africa, 26.38 S / 34.95 E.

The Miramar Ship Index for "INVERGORDON"
IDNo:
1147445
Year:
1923
Name:
INVERGORDON
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
20.01.1919
Flag:
GBR
Date of completion:
04.1923

DWT:
Yard No:
614
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
125.9
Country of build:
GBR
Beam:
16.9
Builder:
John Brown
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Clydebank
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1T-

Subsequent History:
1937 MOUNT HELMOS

Disposal Data:
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U 181, 26.38 S / 34.05 E on 24.11.1942.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
147445
1147445
1923
INVERGORDON
6921
A. Weir & Co.
889
1147445
1923
MOUNT HELMOS
6921
1937
Kulukundis Sg Co.

Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :

1923. INVERGORDON   (cylindrical tanks)       BR    1 Triple
6,921 Gt British Mexican Petroleum Co., Ltd. (A. Weir & Co.), London       412.9 x 55.6
Tanker built by J. Brown & Co., Ltd., Clydebank, Glasgow     (4)     #614      147445
1931 - s/o (nominee mgrs.)
1937 - MOUNT HELMOS,  Kulukundis Shipping Co., S.A., Piraeus,  GR, 889
    converted to dry cargo vessel by removal of tanks from holds
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U 181, 24 Nov 1942, in 26.38S-34.59E,
voyage Suez - Aden - Capetown - St. John, New Brunswick , in ballast.

Additional Information from U-Boatnet :

Name
Mount Helmos
Type:
Steam merchant
Tonnage
6.481 tons
Completed
1923 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank
Owner
Kulukundis Shipping Co SA, Piræus
Homeport
Piræus
Date of attack
24 Nov, 1942
Nationality: Greek
Fate
Sunk by U-181 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position
26.38S, 34.59E - Grid KP 6463
- See location on a map -
Complement
35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
Convoy
Route
Suez - Aden - Capetown - St. John, New Brunswick
Cargo
Ballast
History
Completed in April 1923 as steam tanker Invergordon for Andrew Weir & Co, London. 1937 sold to Greece and converted to the steam merchant Mount Helmos.
Notes on loss
At 07.38 hours on 24 Nov, 1942, the unescorted Mount Helmos was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-181 after a G7a torpedo was evaded one minute earlier. The survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans. The U-boat then shelled the ship with 78 rounds (65 hits) from the deck gun until it sank at 08.42 hours. During the attack the barrel of the 37mm AA gun burst and the damage made the weapon unusable for the rest of the patrol.