SS Douglas (1907)

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  • 1907-1937:SS Douglas
  • 1937:SS Nepheligeretis
  • 1937:SS Stancourt
  • 1938:SS Hermes
  • 1938:SS Suzy
  • 1938-1940:SS Ioanna
Port of registryUnited Kingdom
BuilderClyde Shipbuilding and Engineering
Yard number272
Launched2 February 1907
Out of service1 June 1940
General characteristics
Tonnage950 gross register tons (GRT)
Length236.5 feet (72.1 m)
Beam32 feet (9.8 m)

SS Douglas was a freight vessel built for the Clyde Shipbuilding and Engineering in Port Glasgow for Goole Steam Shipping Company in 1907.[1]


She was built by Clyde Shipbuilding and Engineering in Port Glasgow for Goole Steam Shipping Company’s Copenhagen service.[2] With her white hull, she was known as one of the "butter boats." She became the property of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1907.

In 1922 she became the property of the London and North Western Railway and in 1923, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

In 1935 he was the property of Associated Humber Lines. By this time she had her hull colour changed to black.

She was sold in 1937 to the Stanhope Steam Ship Company and renamed Stanhope and later the same year to G M Mavroleon, Greece and renamed Nepheligeretis. In 1938 she was sold to B Athanassiades and renamed Hermes, then Suzy. She was renamed Ioanna in 1940.

On 1 June 1940 she was part of Convoy HG 32F. She straggled behind the convoy. She was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 120 nautical miles (220 km) west of Cape Finisterre, Spain by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by Cabo Razo ( Spain).[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. ^ "1122958". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Naval Events, June 1940, Part 1 of 4, Saturday 1st – Friday 7th". Naval History. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ "SS Ioanna (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Ioanna". Uboat. Retrieved 12 February 2012.