Regele Carol I

Bulgaria,Black Sea

The steamer Regele Carol I was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company in Glasgow, and was launched in 1898 for the Romanian navy. She was sold to Russia in 1916 and renamed Korol Karl and was used as a cargo freighter. After the Russian revolution she was taken over for a short time by the new Soviet government in 1918, and given the name Ion Roata. She was handed over to the Romanians soon after and got her original name back. She sailed for Serviciul Maritime Roman as a passenger ship until Romania joined the axis forces in Second World War. She was then requisitioned by the Romanian navy and outfitted to a mine layer. 10.October 1941 she was spotted by the Soviet submarine L 4 outside Varna and torpedoed. The wreck rest today on a depth of 18 to 25 meter two nautical miles outside Galata Burnu lighthouse.

Former names:
Regele Carol I
Korol Karl,Ion Roata
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2369 grt
Glasgow ( UK ) 1898
Braila ( RO )

Picture: Regele Carol I
Courtesy of Diver BG

Last updated: December 2012