SS Verona (1908)

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Name: SS Verona
Owner: Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa
Port of registry:  Italy
Builder: Workman, Clark and Company, Belfast
Launched: 31 March 1908[1]
Fate: Sunk, 11 May 1918, off Cape Peloro by UC-52
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,261 gross register tons (GRT)
SS Verona (1908) is located in Italy
SS Verona (1908)
Wreck location

SS Verona was an Italian passenger steamer, built in 1908 by Workman, Clark and Company in Belfast, and operated by the Navigazione Generale Italiana, of Genoa. SS Ancona was her sister ship.

On 11 May 1918, the ship left Messina for Tripoli with on board some 3,000 soldiers, most of them deserters which were sent to a detention camp in the Italian colony of Libya.

She was torpedoed by German submarine UC-52, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hellmuth von Doemming off Cape Peloro at 37°04′N 16°19′E / 37.067°N 16.317°E / 37.067; 16.317Coordinates: 37°04′N 16°19′E / 37.067°N 16.317°E / 37.067; 16.317. The ship sank within 25 minutes, but many soldiers were saved because land was relatively close and several ships came to their rescue. Still around 880 lives were lost.


  1. ^ "Launches and Trial Trips: Launches–Irish: Verona". The Marine Engineer and Naval Architect. Vol. 30. 1 May 1908. p. 420. 

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