Ships hit by U-boats


City of Pretoria

British Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NameCity of Pretoria
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,049 tons
Completed1937 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead 
OwnerEllerman & Bucknall SS Co Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack4 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)
Position42° 39'N, 36° 46'W - Grid CD 3239
Complement145 (145 dead - no survivors)
Convoy
RouteNew York (27 Feb) - Holyhead - Liverpool 
Cargo7032 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.

One of the passengers was the third officer James A. Whyte who had survived 51 days in a lifeboat after the sinking of City of Cairo by U-68 (Merten) on 6 Nov 1942.

 
On boardWe have details of 144 people who were on board

Location of attack on City of Pretoria.

ship sunk.


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