Re: Italian submarine Zoea
Posted by: Platon Alexiades
Date: April 13, 2012 06:32AM
Hello Brian and Francesco,
I am sorry but I have a couple of corrections.
ZOEA had left dock on 22 October 1941 when she sank at her moorings at about 0920 due to the starboard mine hatch accidentally opened some time between 0815 and 0920. There were a number of persons on board. The inquest recorded that at least 19 persons were in the control room at one time or another who could have opened the hatch by mistake. Three were electricians from the crew and the remainder workers from the S. Giorgio, Calzoni and Tosi firms and from Maricost Taranto. There were crew members in other parts of the boat when the accident occurred. The document I have read does not list the names of every person on board, only those in the control room who could have opened the mine hatch. A total of 56 were interrogated but probably not all were on board. There was no panic in the crew members who evacuated in good order, there was some panic among the workers. The submarine sank slowly and Engineer Festuccia (Maggiore G.N.) from the near by submarine SAINT BON, had time to run and board ZOEA to try to close the hatches but was not in time and was thrown in the water. There were no victims. Note that executive officer T.V. Erler was in command at the time and her commanding officet T.V. Campanella was absent to attend his wife who was very sick. The submarine was raised on 5 November and docked and she was repaired in time for operation HARPOON as Francesco wrote.