Marinos Andreatos was born in Athens, Greece in 1876. He was a merchant, and on the 22nd January 1915, he disembarked from the
S.S. Baltic at New York, having sailed from Liverpool, England. He was accompanied at this time by another Greek merchant and they were intending to travel to San Francisco, California, to visit a cousin of Marinos.
Having decided to return to his native land, he booked third class passage on the May sailing of the
Lusitania to travel from New York to Liverpool on the major part of his journey. Having arrived at the Cunard berth at Pier 54 in New York harbour, on the morning of 1st May in time for the liner’s scheduled 10.00 a.m. sailing he had to wait until the afternoon for her to set sail. This was because she had to embark passengers, crew and cargo from the Anchor Lines vessel the S.S.
Cameronia, which had been requisitioned by the British Admiralty for war service as a troop ship, at the end of April.
The Lusitania finally left port just after mid-day and just six days later, on the afternoon of 7th May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20 off the coast of southern Ireland, only hours away from her destination and home port.
There were only six Greek nationals on board at the time and only two survived this action. Marinos Andreatos was not one of them. He was aged 39 years at his time of death. As his body was not recovered from the sea and identified afterwards, he has no known grave.
Cunard records show Marinos Andreatos’ surname to be spelled Andreastos, but other records would appear to confirm the correct spelling to be Andreatos.
New York Passenger Lists 1820 – 1957, Cunard Records, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, PRO BT 100/345, Graham Maddocks.
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