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SHIPS SUNK USA 78 - U S SHIPS A / C

14)CALIFORNIA (IT SUB REGINALDO GIULIANI)




Photo. https://catalogs.marinersmuseum.org/search?query=california


 


Built 1920


Tonnage 5,441 / 8,366 tons


Cargo: 4,000 tons of manganese


Sunk 13 Aug 42 by Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani on pos. 09º 24’N 33º 02’W.


1 Dead


36 Survivors


On 4 Sep Unidentified German U-boat comes across one boat containing 19 survivors from California and provides rations and navigational assistance before departing.


On 5 Sep British steamship City of Capetown rescues 19 survivors. Men are exhausted but rations provided by German u boat helped them to endure.


On 14 Sep Norwegian steamship Talisman rescues the last 17 survivors (one of the original 18 has succumbed to exposure during the 32-day ordeal. 


 

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