Italian submarine fates

Ships hit by Italian submarines

Cabo Tortosa

TypeCargo ship
CountrySpanish Spanish

Date of attack18 Sep 1940Time1542
FateSunk by submarine Alpino Attilio Bagnolini (C.C. Franco Tosoni Pittoni)
Position of attack41° 20'N, 9° 16'W
Notes At 1410 hours, a steamer was sighted on the starboard beam. Bagnolini closed at full speed to position herself ahead and submerged at 1500 hours, at a distance of 4,000 metres. She was recognised as the Spanish Cabo Tortosa (3,302 GRT, built 1921). C.C. Tosoni Pittoni had considered stopping her to check her papers, but a smoke appeared on the horizon and he elected to sink her.

At 1542 hours, a torpedo (533mm, S.I. type) was fired from a bow tube at a distance of 1,500 metres. It hit after 68 seconds and she sank in an hour and a half. The Spanish Monte Ayala (2,955 GRT, built 1929) rescued the whole crew. There were no casualties.

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Ships hit by Italian submarines