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Italy's Taranto class Cruisers

Design

The Taranto was a World War I prize taken from the Germans on July 20, 1920.1,2,3

To prevent the Germans from taking Taranto after the Italian surrender her crew scuttled her.1 She was raised, sunk in a bombing raid, refloated, then sunk for a last time in a bombing raid on September 23, 1944.1,2

Ships

Taranto

  • Formerly: Strassburg.1,2,3
  • Manufacturer: KMW at Wilhelmshaven1
  • 1910, April 19103: Laid down.1,3
  • August 24, 1911: Launched.1,2,3
  • October 9, 1912, December 19123: Completed.1,3
  • 1936 - 1937: Modernization.1 Removed forward funnel and boiler room.1,2
  • October 1940: Occupation of Crete.1
  • September 9, 1943: Scuttled in La Spezia by crew.1,2
  • ? 1943: Refloated.1,2
  • October 23, 1943: Sunk in bombing raid.1,2
  • ? 1943: Refloated.1,2
  • September 23, 1944: Sunk in bombing raid.1,2

Specifications

  Taranto class
Crew 4453, 4761
Displacement 3,184 tons1,3
Displacement - Loaded 5,100 tons1,3, 5,840 tons2
Physical Characteristics  
Length 455'1,3
138.7 m1
Length - Water Line 446'1, 446' 2.4"3
136 m1
Length - Between Perpendiculars 440' 6"3
Beam 44'3, 44' 3"1
13.5 m1
Draft / Height 12' 4"3, 15' 4"1
4.7 m1
Draft / Height - Maximum 16' 9"3
Performance  
Speed 21 knots1,3
Range at 12 knots 5,000 nautical miles1
Armament 5.9"1,3: 71,3
Anti-Aircraft 3"3, 75 mm1: 21,3
20 mm1: 81
Machine guns3, 13.2 mm machine guns1: 33, 101
Mines 1201,3
Aircraft 13
Armor  
Belt - Main 2.5"3
6 cm1
Control Tower 4"3
10 cm1
Deck - Main 2"3
5 cm1
Gun Shields 5 cm1
Engines  
Boilers Schultz-Thornycroft: 141,3
Shafts 21,3
Turbines Parsons1,3
HP 13,0001,3
Coal 1,330 tons1,3
Oil 130 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
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