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Italy's Bari class Cruisers

Design

The Bari was a World War I prize taken from the Germans.1

In 1943 the Bari was to be converted into an anti-aircraft cruiser but was sunk before being completed.1

Ships

Bari

  • Formerly: Pillau.1,2,3
  • Manufacturer: Schichau in Danzig1,3
  • 1912: Laid down.1
  • April 19143, April 11, 1941: Launched.1,2,3
  • December 19143, December 14, 1914: Completed.1,3
  • 1934 - 1935: Refit at R. Arsenale at La Spezia.1,2,3 Boilers reduced to four and only oil fired.1,2 Front funnel and torpedo tubes removed.1,2,3
  • October 1940: Corfu landings.1
  • 1942: Bombarded Montenegrin coast.1
  • November 1942: Supported occupation of Corsica.1
  • 1943: To be converted to anti-aircraft cruiser.1 Six 20 mm L/65 guns to be added.2
  • June 28, 1943: Sunk by USAAF raid on Livorno / Leghorn2.1,2

Specifications

  Bari class
Crew 3983, 4391
Displacement 3,248 tons1,2,3
Displacement - Loaded 5,170 tons2, 5,305 tons1
Physical Characteristics  
Length 443' 9"1, 444'3
135.3 m1
Length - Water Line 435' 6"3, 440' 9"1
134.3 m1
Length - Between Perpendiculars  
Beam 44' 6"1,3
13.6 m1
Draft / Height 17' 6"1, 19'3
5.31 m1
Performance  
Speed 24.5 knots1,2, 27 knots3
Range at 10 knots 4,500 nautical miles1,3
Armament 5.9"1, 5.9" L/42 SA3: 81,3
Anti-Aircraft 75 mm1, 3"3: 31,3
Machine guns3: 33
Mines 1203
Armor  
Belt - Main 3.25"3
8.5 cm1
Control Tower 4"3
7.5 cm1
Deck - Main 1.5"3
4 cm1
Gun Shields 5 cm1
Engines  
Boilers 43
Yarrow: 41
Shafts 21,3
Turbines Parsons1,3
HP 21,0001,2,3
Oil 1,300 tons1,3

Sources:

  1. Cruisers of World War Two An International Encyclopedia, M. J. Whitley, 1995
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  3. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site