Cesare Rossarol

Croatia,Adriatic Sea

The light cruiser Cesare Rossarol was laid down at Ansaldo in Genova in 1913, and launched the year after. After testing and trials she was put in service for Regia Marina in November 1915. During first world war she was used in the Adriatic sea with mine laying and patrol duty. A few days after the Armistice between the Central powers and the Entente 11.November 1918, she was given orders to escort a Serbian officer to Fiume. In the afternoon 16.November 1918 she sailed from Cape Kamenjak and shortly after hit a mine. The explosion broke her in two parts and the bow immediately sank. The stern floated away for a few minutes before it also went down. 93 men of the crew perished ( * ). The wreck rest on a depth of 43 to 49 meter approx two nautical miles east of Liznjan.

Former names:
Cesare Rossarol

279,0 x 29,5 x 10,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
891 grt
Genoa ( IT ) 1914
Brindisi ( IT )

Picture: Cesare Rossarol
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Shipyard: Ansaldo, Genoa. Launched 15.August 1914
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* Some sources state 97 men perished in the sinking.

Last updated: July 2019