Wreck of WWII freighter believed found off Albania

Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 21:51

Tirana (Albania): Underwater archaeologists
believe they have found the wreck of an Italian merchant ship
torpedoed by the British during World War II off Albania`s
southern coast.

A joint US-Albanian team said today the wreckage found
last weekend probably was part of the 8,000-ton Rosandra,
which sank after being hit by a British submarine 67 years
ago.

Six people died on the vessel, which was carrying
supplies to Italian occupation forces in Greece, but 173 were
safely evacuated to land, 400 meters away.

Italy occupied Albania from 1939 to September 1943.
Albanian archaeologists and the RPM Nautical Foundation
of Key West, Florida, have found 18 wrecks from ancient,
medieval and modern times, in a four-year search off the
Balkan country`s coast.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 21:51

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