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The wreck of a 1917 submarine has been found - video

The Italian Navy has announced the discovery of the wreck of an Italian submarine from 1917. The Pacinotti class vessel, named ‘Alberto Guglielmotti’, was accidentally sunk by a British warship during the First World War. Now, after 101 years, the final resting place of the Italian sailors has been located. An unfortunate and tragic mistake
Published: August 5, 2018 - 19:34
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:07
The wreck of a 1917 submarine has been found – video

The Italian Navy has announced the discovery of the wreck of an Italian submarine from 1917. The Pacinotti class vessel, named ‘Alberto Guglielmotti’, was accidentally sunk by a British warship during the First World War. Now, after 101 years, the final resting place of the Italian sailors has been located.

An unfortunate and tragic mistake occurred near the island of Capraia, between Corsica and the Italian coast, in March 1917. The Royal Navy ship HMS “Cyclamen” mistakenly took an Italian ship for a German U-boat and sank the allied vessel. The entire crew of 14 men was killed.

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The submarine “Alberto Guglielmotti” sailed from a large naval base in La Spezia, on the west coast of Italy, and was heading for the Adriatic region, to Brindisi. Just then she was spotted in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and attacked by the British.

The wreck, which is more than 100 years old, was found by the Italian navy at a depth of almost 400 metres. Its discovery is a complete coincidence, but it is an extremely important event for the whole country. The Italian sailors made the discovery during a routine task carried out by two minesweepers.

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After locating the unknown wreck, specialist equipment in the form of the ROV Multipluto was used to explore the vessel and identify it. The type of damage sustained was confirmed – the vessel was shot at and then rammed.

Source: navaltoday.com

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