Ships hit by U-boats

Toronto City

British Steam merchant

Toronto City at Canons Marsh Wharf in Bristol during July 1937. Photo courtesy of Robin Craig Collection.

NameToronto City
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,486 tons
Completed1925 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerCharles Hill & Sons, Bristol 
Date of attack1 Jul 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position47° 03'N, 30° 00'W - Grid BD 5654
Complement43 (43 dead - no survivors)
Routeto St. John’s, Newfoundland 
History Completed in October 1925 as Nigerian for United Africa Co Ltd, London. 1935 renamed Kyrenia for Moss Hutchison Line Ltd, Liverpool. 1937 renamed Toronto City for Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol. 
Notes on event

At 18.25 hours on 1 July 1941 the unescorted Toronto City (Master Edwin John Garlick) was hit in the bow by one G7e torpedo from U-108 about 500 miles north of the Azores and sank by the bow within three minutes. The Germans questioned 23 survivors on rafts and debris before leaving the area, but they were never seen again: the master, 37 crew members, two gunners and three meteorological office personnel were lost. The ship had been employed as a weather observation ship in the Atlantic since October 1940 and was reported missing after sending her last routine weather report at 15.00 hours on 1 July.

On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

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