The ship was found on the seabed between Tuscany and Corsica by engineer Guido Gay, Pier Giorgio Pinna, La Nuova Sardegna’ journalist, reports. The Italian troopship Francesco Crispi, which was carrying Grenadiers of Sardinia, bound from Livorno, Italy, to Bastia, Corsica (then, in the spring of 1943, Italians occupied Corsica), in convoy, was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Saracen off Cap Punta Nera Elba’s Isle in the Tirreno Sea, on April 19, 1943, with the loss of 943 lives of the 1,300 soldiers.

[Via La Nuova Sardegna]

[Via La Nuova Sardegna]

They were the hardest months of the war, those that preceded the Sept. 8 and the armistice. But at the time of the sinking of the unit to transport the Grenadiers, Italy still fighting against the British, French and American. And the conflicts around the Mediterranean became more and more bloody.

[Via La Nuova Sardegna]

Built in 1926, she was an Italian passenger ship used by the Italian Army as a troop transport. She was 7,600 gross tons, 443 feet in length, 52 feet in breadth, and 26 feet 6 inches in depth of hold. She was powered by six steam turbine engines driving two propeller shafts and could make 16 knots.

[Via La Nuova Sardegna]

The Italian engineer Guido Gay, author of the discovery of the battleship Roma, also identified the submarine HMS Saracen. 

[Via La Nuova Sardegna]

The wreck of submarine HMS Saracen has been discovered 72 years later

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