Ships hit by U-boats

Vernon City

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameVernon City
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,748 tons
Completed1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerSir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack28 Jun 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)
Position4° 30'S, 27° 30'W - Grid FD 7458
Complement52 (0 dead and 52 survivors).
ConvoyOS-49 (dispersed)
RouteTyne - Oban (4 Jun) - Montevideo 
Cargo4000 tons of coal and 3000 tons of coke 
History Completed in November 1929 
Notes on event

At 06.43 hours on 28 June 1943, U-172 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the Vernon City (Master Malcolm Douglas Loutit), dispersed on 20 June from convoy OS-49, and observed a hit in the forward hold. The ship settled and sank by the bow at 07.07 hours south-southeast of St. Paul Rocks. The U-boat misidentified her victim as Cornish City. The master, 43 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the Brazilian coastal tanker Aurora M. and landed at Recife on 4 July.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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