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I was wondering if the members here could help me solve a mystery. Here are two photos that show a CAM 41 magnetic mine hunting ship "Santa Rita" (DM 40) in Genoa in 1944. I do not see her in Groener's anywhere listed in German service and she is not listed in Cernuchi's book "Black Phoenix " on the RSI Navy.

Can anyone shed light on who was operating this ship in 1944 and any other details such as dimensions or armament?

Thank you!

Dave G



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Are you sure the date is correct?


All I can say is that a 2015 AIDMEN article by Marco Ghiglino on the "DM" magnetic minesweepers states the following about DM 40 Santa Rita: formerly Theodore L., 504 GRT motor sailing vessel, serving with the Regia Marina from 9.9.1942 to 8.9.1943. Sunk in Genoa after the armistice, cause unknown. Salvaged in 1946 and scrapped.

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