Sinking of the SS Conte Rosso. Part 3



Sinking of the SS Conte Rosso. Part 3


In choppy water, two lifeboats are packed with people wearing military uniform. Figures are being tossed around in the sea. One figure is sinking backwards in the water with his legs in the air. Another is waving his arm in the air. Four figures, not wearing life buoys, are being hauled into the lifeboat. Pieces of debris are floating around.

Label reads “32”; signed by the author; caption reads “(3) … Trà un inferno di bombe subacque lo scafo inglese si salva per miracolo. Lo saremmo trovato contro il mese di Settembre, nell’azione che ci costò la perdita dell’Oceania e dell’ Neptunia. Solo il 14 Aprile del 1942, l’Upholder viene affondato da mezzi anti-sommergibile; la prora del Conte Rosso, era in gran parte sott’acqua, e di poppa si vedeva l’elica di dritta, già tutta in aria. Alcune imbarcazioni si capovolsero mentre erano filate in mare, la tragedia del Conte Rosso a questo punto si era frantumata in tremila drammi individuali…”


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Francesca Campani
Alessandro Pesaro
Helen Durham


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Angiolino Filiputti, “Sinking of the SS Conte Rosso. Part 3,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 24, 2020,

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