By Capt. Dan Berg
Photo: Zovetto wreckage.
Photo by Alan Marquardt.
The Cargo steamer Zovetto was built in 1919 by A. Stephen &
Sons, Ltd., Glasgow. Originally named, War Gascon, she was
399.6 feet in length, 52.4 feet wide and displaced 5,107 gross tons.
She was originally going to be completed as a tanker with the
installation of tanks in her cargo holds, but due to the end of the
war, was completed as a dry cargo "A" type standard tramp. She was
sold to Parodi & Accame, Genoa, and re-named Zovetto.
On February 13, 1924, the Italian steamship, Zovetto, enroute
from Poti on the Black Sea to Baltimore, Maryland, with a load of
manganese ore ran aground off St. David's Light. Captain Fortunat de
Gregant was being lead by a Bermudian pilot boat. Apparently due to
bad weather, he some how ended up on the wrong side and missed the
channel. No lives were lost, and the Zovetto's cargo was
Today, this wreck is also known as Rita Zovetto or Zovetta.
She lies in 20 to 70 feet of water outside the breakers on the
east end of the island close to the wreck of the
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