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The Sinking of the Italian Cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi

A ship is listing to starboard, while men flee to life rafts. Other ships are coming to the aid of the stricken ship
Description: Painting, Gouache on Paper; By Charles Malfroy; 1915; Unframed Dimensions 17H X 28W
Accession #: 70-671-D
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Soon after Italy entered into the expanding Great War, the Italian Navy Cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi was part of task force attacking strategic sites on the coast of Croatia.  In the early morning of 17 July 1915, the ship was torpedoed by Austro-Hungarian submarine SM U-4.  The cruiser sank in a few minutes.  Fifty-three crewmen were killed and 525 were rescued by other Italian Navy ships.

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