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Sabotaggio della nave mercantile Senio a Spalato (27/02/1941)


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Anyone has more information on this incident? Senio (1.178 GRT, built 1878) was sunk by SOE agents and apparently they were arrested after the occupation of Yugoslavia. An Italian source states that Maritza was also damaged during the same action. To my knowledge Maritza was a German ship and was in Naples on that day. Incidentally, "Navi Mercantile Perdute" does not mention her loss. I assume that she was raised afterwards and repaired?

Many thanks.

Platon

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SENIO ex French PLUTON of 1900 ex British ACTIVITY of June 1879, 1,068 grt,  from Dec. 1929 (or 1923?) SENIO for Giuseppe Carnevali & Ci. of Ravenna, from 1931 for Ditta Antonio Gulmanelli & C. of Ravenna, was sunk at Split by sabotage in 1942 (?) and raised in the same year, later to Sebastiano Tuillier of Venice, in 1948 home port Catania, in the same year MAESTRALE for Raffaele Romano fu Domenico of Naples, broken up by Cantiere Riccardi at Vado Ligure in October, 1955.

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Dear Francesco,

Many thanks for the additional details. There is no doubt that she was sunk on 27 February 1941 at Split (and not in 1942). This is confirmed from SOE and Italian sources (Diario Supermarina). By a curious coincidence, I stumbled upon the Maritza mystery as I was checking an unrelated event. Maritza was not sabotaged at the same time as Senio but on 28 December 1940 at Sibenik. She was apparently damaged, probably not seriously as she was soon used to transport the Afrikakorps to Libya. At about the same time as Maritza, Esterina (558 GRT, built 1889) was also sabotaged at Strozanac but the explosives failed to detonate.

I am curious to know how the saboteurs were later arrested.

All the best,

Platon

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MARITZA sailed from Antwerp on 12 August 1939 bound for Constanta and reached Piraeus en route on 24 August. She left Piraeus on 26 August 1939 and, having received instructions to reach the nearest friendly harbour, put into Bari on 29 August, then on 2/4 September she went on to Trieste where she was laid up together with several other German merchant ships (BROOK, INGO, ISERLOHN, LUVSEE, REICHENFELS, RUHR) until 18 April, 1940. On 15 Jan. 1941 she was taken over by the Kriegsmarine as a Mittelmeer-Transporter.

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