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  1. Dear Franco and Riccardo, Perhaps the best way to settle the controversy surrounding HMS Malaya on 9 July 1940 is to check her report (I have attached extracts). As you can see she opened fire at 1603 hours at 29,700 yards (27,150 metres) with four salvoes which fell short. Three more salvoes were fired at 1608 hours but again fell short. I am no expert on the battle of Punta Stilo but hope this will help. Cordialmente, Platon
  2. Many thanks MG for your kind words. It was a privilege to be part of the 2019 expedition and an unforgettable experience. Platon
  3. Dear Francesco, Thank you for the acknowledgment. Today the Malta Times published an article: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/confirmed-wreck-off-malta-is-the-submarine-sunk-in-1942.870478 I am attaching a photo of the image of the wreck as reconstructed by the the 3D cameras. I expect the University of Malta to submit better ones on their site in the near future. I would also like to thank my friend Francesco Mattesini who wrote quite a bit on HMS Urge even though we did not always agree on her fate! He kept the story of this submarine alive and I am thankful for ve
  4. https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/exclusive-new-footage-confirms-hms-urge-is-the-submarine-outside-grand-harbour/ See the "Storia" section for more details. Platon
  5. In the last few days, a diving team led by Professor Timmy Gambin from the University of Malta have closely examined the wreck of HMS Urge which was found off Grand Harbour in 2019. They have brought back definite proof of her identity as the name of “URGE” could clearly be seen on the port side of the conning tower. The wreck is very deep (115 metres) making the dive difficult and the bottom time very short. https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/exclusive-new-footage-confirms-hms-urge-is-the-submarine-outside-grand-harbour/ Our thanks to Timmy and his team for a very difficult undertaking.
  6. I am sorry to hear that Theo has passed away. He was a fountain of knowledge and we had many exchanges. My belated condolences to his family. He is a great loss to all. Platon
  7. Dear Giuseppe, It is nice to know that in a way, Emilio Bianchi is returning to Alexandria after 80 years. Many thanks for the link! All the best, Platon
  8. Dear Giuseppe, Many thanks for the nice photographs! All the best, Platon
  9. Hello, I am looking for a photo of Versilia (591 GRT, 1880) sunk by HMS Torbay on 02.09.1943. Many thanks, Platon
  10. Thank you for the update Giuseppe! Cordialmente, Platon
  11. Thanks again to Danilo, Danijel and Culverin for the additional info. Platon
  12. Dear Francesco, Many thanks! You are a fountain of knowledge! All the best, Platon
  13. I would like to know any info on this ship which was apparently a Yugoslav prize. The book "Navi Mercantili Perdute" does not seem to shed light on its exact origin. Many thanks, Platon
  14. Caro Franco, Olinca is in Roumania: ca. 44°50'45" N, 29°30'50" E. The minefield of L 6 was laid from 44°45.5' N, 30°17.2' E, etc. Cordialmente, Platon
  15. Caro Franco, Many thanks for the information. I always look forward to your articles. Cordialmente, Platon
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