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.
According to a report in the 8th May 1915 edition of the Atlantis, a Greek newspaper widely circulated and read by the Greek community in New York City, and which was printed in the Greek language, Marinos Andreatos had served as a reserve officer in the Greek army in the Macedonian Struggle (1904 – 1908), and the Balkan Wars (1912 – 1913). The report stated that he and fellow Greek, George Caracitsos, who had also served in the Greek army in the same conflicts, had decided to travel to Europe in the hope of enlisting as officers in the French Foreign Legion.
Having decided to return to Europe, both men chose to make the voyage on the May sailing of the
Lusitania, however, they discovered that second cabin passage had been sold out and therefore purchased third class tickets.
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 they 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. His friend and travelling companion, George Caracitsos, suffered the same fate, and his remains were never recovered or identified either.
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, Atlantis, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, PRO BT 100/345, Graham Maddocks.
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