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IONION

  1. Name: Ionion
  2. Type of vessel: merchant steamship
  3. Flag: Greek
  4. Date of sinking: 15 August 1925
  5. Cause: grounding
  6. Location: Buítra point (Muxía). Still to be located
  7. Diving level:
  8. GALP territory: Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)

HISTORY

Dodged World War I, shipwrecked in Muxía

Loaded with 1,500 tons of scrap that it was carrying from London to Huelva, the Ionion ended its voyage in the heart of the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) after half a century of service and having survived a direct attack in World War I eight years earlier.

 

The 15 crew members managed to save themselves and were attended to by fishermen who were in the area. After the shipwreck, they were transferred to land in a motorboat sent by the merchant of Muxía, Mr. Manuel Martínez.

Another event, but with a better ending and that also occurred in the month of August, covered the Ionion’s service record with honour. Named Othalia, it was torpedoed by the German submarine UC 31 on 7 August 1917 while 50 miles east of the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland (UK). On that trip it was transporting timber from Malmö (Sweden) to London. Towed to the archipelago capital, Kirkwall, it had a new stern section added by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, in Leith (Edinburgh).

Characteristics of the Ionion

Compound steam, 120 NHP, 73.5 x 10.1 x 4.4 m, 1164TRB. Steel hull.

Built: 1880, Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, No. 43.

Shipowner: Razis S. G. (Ionian SS Co. Ltd.).

El Ionion el año de su construcción, en 1880, en Dowlais.
Foto del naufragio en 1925 gentileza de Aquiles Garea.
Anuncio de venta de los restos del naufragio del Ionion en un periódico de la época.
 

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