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 
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)
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, six passengers (DBS) and six apprentices were lost.

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

On boardWe have details of 145 people who were on board

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