Francesca da Rimini is an Italian-owned cargo warship built in Rijeka in 1942. It is 42 m long, 12 m wide and has a total weight of 281 tons.
It was seized by the German Navy in 1943 and used to transport weapons for the German troops. After arriving from North Africa, on 22.3.1944, it was anchored near the island of Kaprije in the archipelago of Sibenik due to an engine failure.
It was spotted by two British “Spitfire” bombers, torpedoed on the aft right side and sank. It lies at a depth between 38 and 50 meters. Of the 3 masts, 2 lie broken in the sand, the third is upright and rises up to 28 meters. At the stern is the anti-aircraft machine gun and all over the wreck are hundreds of mines and scattered ammunition boxes.
Of the fish species that call the wreck home, there are numerous lobsters, groupers and occasional eels and amberjack. Toothed bream circle regularly and watch each new visitor.
The dive is suitable only for experienced divers.