City of Venice
British Steam passenger ship
|Name||City of Venice|
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1924 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Ellerman Lines Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||4 Jul 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-375 (Jürgen Könenkamp)|
|Position||36.44N, 01.31E - Grid CH 8295|
|Complement||482 (21 dead and 461 survivors).|
|Route||Clyde (24 Jun) - Algiers - Sicily|
|Cargo||292 troops and 700 tons of military equipment|
|History||Completed April 1924 |
|Notes on event|
At 21.40 hours on 4 Jul, 1943, U-375 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the convoy KMS-18B 10 miles north of Cape Tenez, Algeria and reported the sinking of a freighter with 8000 grt. In fact, the St. Essylt and City of Venice were hit and sunk.
The City of Venice (Master James Wyper) was carrying 292 troops of the 1st Canadian Division for the Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. The master, ten crew members and ten troops were lost. 147 crew members, 22 gunners, 282 troops and ten naval personnel were rescued by HMS Honeysuckle (K 27) (Lt H.H.D. MacKillican, DSC, RNR) and HMS Rhododendron (K 78) (Lt O.B. Medley), HMS Teviot (K 222) (Cdr T. Taylor, DSC, RN) and HMS Restive (W 39) (Lt D.M. Richards, RNR) and landed at Algiers.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
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