German U-Boat sinks Italian armed freighter, "Stromboli," by means of explosives and gunfire during World War I
Mediterranean Sea Date:1917, December 21 Duration:5 min 22 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Slate describes the Italian armed steamer, "Stromboli" carrying bulk cargoes of iron, steel, and nickel for the Italian war ministry, from Baltimore, U.S.A. to Genoa, Italy. It states that the ship was sunk and her crew released. View from deck of German U-Boat,U-49, under command of Captain Hans von Mellanthin. Several crew seen in conning tower. The single stack ship "Stromboli," stopped in the background. The U-49 approaches portside of the Stromboli, where a 7.6 cm deck gun is seen astern. An explosives technician, is dispatched by dinghy from the U-Boat, and boards the Stromboli. The U-Boat crew members obtain fresh water from the STromboli, before setting explosives to sink her. The German explosives technician is seen lighting fuses on deck of the Stromboli. The charges explode at her waterline. The U-Boat then fires its deck gun to hasten sinking of the Stromboli. View from the submarine as the Stromboli settles lower in the water and finally sinks stern-first. The location is off Capo Mele, (43.57N, 08.12E) in the Mediterranean Sea. Scene shifts to view from the U-49 deck during sunrise at Algiers.
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