British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd, Cardiff|
|Date of attack||28 Jun 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)|
|Position||4° 30'S, 27° 30'W - Grid FD 7458|
|Complement||52 (0 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Tyne - Oban (4 Jun) - Montevideo|
|Cargo||4000 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 board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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