|Fate:||Hit a mine from the U-boat UC-12 on February 21, 1916.|
|Length:||173 feet (53 m) |
Italian hospital ship Marechiaro was a steam ship originally built by an Italian shipping company, but requisitioned for use as a Italian hospital ship during the First World War. On February 21, 1916 she was sunk by a mine laid by the German U-boat UC-12.
During the war U-boat UC-12 operated as a minelayer, and undertook 7 patrols in this role. Mines laid by UC-12 were credited with sinking 6 ships. One of these, the Italian Marechiaro sunk on 21 February 1916, was listed as a hospital ship and sank with over 200 casualties. Since Germany was not at war with Italy at this stage, though Austria was, UC 12, like other German U-boats in the Mediterranean, operated under the Austrian flag.