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A little correction to above: could this be the submarine Antonio Sciesa which was scuttled at Tobruk on 13 November 1942? I know the details are not clear but perhaps someone has a better picture?

Many thanks,

Platon

On 8/28/2021 at 10:04 AM, Platon Alexiades said:

Hello,

A friend forwarded this photograph from the Australian War Memorial which shows a supposed U-boat sunk at Tobruk. The image is not very clear. Perhaps someone has a clue which wreck is this?

Many thanks,

Platon

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Hello Sandokan,

I agree it does not look much like it. Here is the Australian link:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C205965?image=1

Note that it mentions a "German" submarine but this is obviously an error as no U-boat was lost in Tobruk harbour.

Do you know of any photo of Antonio Sciesa when she was scuttled?

Many thanks,

Platon

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On 9/6/2021 at 3:50 AM, sandokan said:

Thank you Platon. There is a very interesting page in the link you posted!

About RS Antonio Sciesa, actually  the most probable wreck spotted in the picture, I found a full chronicle of her life and dead. 

http://conlapelleappesaaunchiodo.blogspot.com/2016/01/antonio-sciesa.html?m=1

Thank you Sandokan. I am quite familiar with this blog. It is excellent (notwithstanding the fact that I have been a contributor!).

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22 hours ago, Napy said:

Hello Platon,

sorry but I really cannot see a submarine in the shape of that wreck. In my humble opinion looks more like a motozattera or a LCT with the bow broken and twisted, but it's just my idea.

 

Best regards

Marco

Hello Marco,

I agree with you that the identification of the "submarine" is doubtful. It would be good if someone had a photograph of Sciesa scuttled at Tobruk which could clear up the matter. Can you suggest a motozattera sunk there? We are not even sure of the date of the photograph but a guess is that it is ca. November 1942.

Best regards,

Platon

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Many thanks Francesco for the suggestion. Unfortunately, the photograph is not very good and it still might be a submarine if it has capsized then the conning tower suggested by Franco might not be visible. I believe Sciesa was scuttled in a position to the east of the quay which is barely visible on the left side of the photo. If one can produce a better photo perhaps this mystery can be cleared.

Platon

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I have received a photo of Sciesa at Tobruk via my friend Andrzej Bartelski. It appears to be a different wreck than the Australian War Memorial photo.

So the Australian photo is still open to question and is certainly not a submarine despite their caption.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

Platon

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Hello Platon,

very nice discovery!!! 

About the photo you posted as first, the one coming from Australian War Memorial, I think the berth we can see is the extension of the submarine berth. Despite so, the depth where the wreck is sunk cannot be more than 2 or 3 meters, so I think is almost impossible a submarine could have reached that spot. My idea is still a barge, a LCT or a MZ.

 

Best regards

 

Marco

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