City of Pretoria
British Steam merchant
|Name||City of Pretoria|
|Completed||1937 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||Ellerman & Bucknall SS Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||4 Mar 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||42° 39'N, 36° 46'W - Grid CD 3239|
|Complement||145 (145 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York (27 Feb) - Holyhead - Liverpool|
|Cargo||7032 tons of general cargo and explosives|
|History||Completed in December 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 06.09 hours on 4 March 1943 the unescorted City of Pretoria (Master Frank Deighton, OBE) was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-172 and sank after a heavy explosion about 320 miles northwest of the Azores. The ship was reported missing and presumed lost in approx. 41°45N/42°30W. The master, 108 crew members, 24 gunners, seven passengers (DBS) and 5 apprentices were lost.
|On board||We have details of 144 people who were on board.|
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