Ships hit by U-boats


Victoria City

British Steam merchant



Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2815

NameVictoria City
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,739 tons
Completed1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerSir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff 
HomeportBideford 
Date of attack3 Dec 1940Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-140 (Hans-Peter Hinsch)
Position55° 27'N, 8° 45'W - Grid AM 5532
Complement43 (43 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHX-90 (straggler)
RouteNew York (17 Nov) - Halifax (21 Nov) - London 
CargoSteel 
History Completed in December 1929 
Notes on event

At 21.42 hours on 3 December 1940 the unescorted Victoria City (Master Alfred Longstaff), a straggler from convoy HX-90, was hit on port side underneath the bridge by one G7a torpedo from U-140 and sank by the bow within 15 seconds about 20 miles north-northwest of Tory Island. The master and 42 crew members were lost.

 
On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

ship sunk.


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