THE YANGTZE RIVER PATROL - Italy
by Randy Pence
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Postcard from Sebastiano Cabot
- The Sebastiano Cabot was a large colonial gunboat launched on July 20, 1912 by the CNR shipbuilders of Palermo, Italy. She served in Chinese waters in the mid 1920s. Returning to Asia Minor, she was scuttled on September 9, 1943 off of the island of Rhodes to avoid capture by the Germans. Raised from the sea, she was being repaired when she was sunk by British bombers. The ship's complement was 107 men.
- The postcard shows the ship's crew. It was mailed from Hankow, China in 1926. Canceled on board the Cabot, the postcard was routed through Siberia through the Soviet mail system.
Image of Sebastiano Cabot
Image of Sebastiano Cabot
Registered cover from Emano Carlotto
- The Emano Carlotto was a colonial gunboatlaunched on June 19, 1918. Named for an Italian soldier killed during the Boxer, uprising, she was constructed at the Shanghai, China Docks and Engineering Company. Her entire service career was on the river Yangtze.
- She was scuttled by the Italians in 1943, but was refloated by the Japanese and renamed the Narumi. Following the war, she was given to the Chinese Nationalists as a war reparation, and following their defeat she was taken over by the Communist Chinese navy.
- The image on the previous slide is of a registered cover from the ship's captain, dated May 22, 1922 from Hankow, China, received in Shanghai on May 27th, and in Italy on July 6, 1922.
Image of Emano Carlotto
Registered cover from Lepanto
- The minelayer Lepanto was built by Cantieri Navali Reuniti in Ancona, Italy, She was launched on May 22, 1927, and was scuttled at Shanghai on September 9, 1943 to avoid her surrender to the Japanese. Her complement was 68 men.
- She was raised by the Japanese and commissioned on March 1, 1944 as the Okitsu-juku. She surrendered to the Republic of China on September 15, 1945.
- The image on the previous slide is a registered cover mailed from Shanghai on January 10, 1936.
Image of Lepanto
- For more information on all the navies involved, and several thousands photographic images as well as postcards, contact Randy Pence of Albuequeque, New Mexico.
- The mini-presentations contained herein were developed by former MPHS editor Sergio Lugo, following a request to Pastor Pence in September 2017. They feature: postmarks, ship illustrations, postcards and covers of a select few of the ships of these foreign navy flotillas.
Created by Serio Lugo from material supplied by Randy Pence
Mini-Presentation updated 15 March 2020
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