“Mafia Capitale” seizures include “Black Flame,” Mussolini’s two-tree

There is also the “Black Flame,” the boat that belonged to Benito Mussolini, among the assets seized worth 28 million euros from a businessman, linked to some cooperatives that ended up in the “Mafia Capitale” investigation, on the order of the Court of Rome.

121922857-b90b38eb-7661-4cd2-b1a7-57656d634a83From the economic-patrimonial investigations of the Fiumicino company’s yellow flames, coordinated by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rome, it had emerged, in addition to his social dangerousness, the great disproportion between his declared income and his high standard of living, probably the result of a criminal career, punctuated by episodes of tax evasion and piloted bankruptcies.

Prominent among the seized assets precisely the Duce‘s boat, a two-masted launched by Abeking & Rasmussen for Baron Von Dazur Hannover in 1912 under the name “
Konigin II
“. In 1935 the vessel was purchased by Fascist hierarch Alessandro Parisi Nobile, a great friend of Mussolini, who gave it to the Duce by rebranding it “Black Flame.” Legend has it that on board the boat the Duce met with Claretta Petacci, with the Istituto Luce capturing Mussolini walking on the boat.

120648671-3be2097d-149a-4069-b995-659edfe34057SUNK IN RAPALLO – The ship, after being used for almost a decade to host meetings between the Duce and Petacci, fell into disgrace after the Allied Liberation (September 8, 1943) with the shipowner deciding to sink it off Rapallo to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. The vessel remained on the seabed of the Ligurian Sea until the postwar years, when she was recovered by Count Sereni, who renamed her “
Serenella
“.

ESTRELLA DE GUARAJA – A troubled history that of “Konigin II,” which in 1956 passed into the hands of the Prince Crimson, Who renamed her again, calling her “Estrela de Guaruja“. Then returned to being the “Konigin II” in its more recent history it was moored at Fiumicino to be used as a training ship of the Circolo della Vela of Rome. In 2002 it took part in the Vele d’Epoca in Imperia and was chartered by Cts Ambiente for a dolphin monitoring campaign in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Until the last restoration (2006-2010).

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