Ships hit by U-boats

City of Venice

British Steam passenger ship

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameCity of Venice
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage8,762 tons
Completed1924 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerEllerman Lines Ltd, London 
Date of attack4 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-375 (Jürgen Könenkamp)
Position36° 44'N, 1° 31'E - Grid CH 8295
Complement482 (21 dead and 461 survivors).
RouteClyde (24 Jun) - Algiers - Sicily 
Cargo292 troops and 700 tons of military equipment 
History Completed April 1924 
Notes on event

At 21.40 hours on 4 July 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 boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

Location of attack on City of Venice.

ship sunk.

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