Ships hit during WWI

Pietro Maroncelli

NamePietro Maroncelli
GRT5,143 tons
Country  Italian
BuilderFlensburger Schiffsbau Ges., Flensburg
OperatorItalian Government requisition - Ferrovie dello Stato, operators

U-boat attacks on Steamer Pietro Maroncelli

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
130 May 1918UB 49 (Hans von Mellenthin)SunkTorpedoed and sunk W of Sardinia
40° 48'N, 8° 00'E
Bahia Blanca - Genoa

Rear Admiral Giovanni Viglione, who was on board as the convoy commodore, ordered all the survivors into the lifeboats, then chose to stay aboard and to go down with the ship. Together with Rear Admiral Ernesto Rubin de Cervin (killed in the explosion of the battleship Benedetto Brin in 1915), he was the highest ranking Italian Navy officer killed in WWI.

Position of attack on Pietro Maroncelli

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