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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.

To prevent the Germans from taking Taranto after the Italian surrender her crew scuttled her. She was raised, sunk in a bombing raid, refloated, then sunk for a last time in a bombing raid on September 23, 1944.

Ships

Taranto

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

Specifications

  Taranto class
Crew 445, 476
Displacement 3,184 tons
Displacement - Loaded 5,100 tons, 5,840 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 455'
138.7 m
Length - Water Line 446', 446' 2.4"
136 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 440' 6"
Beam 44', 44' 3"
13.5 m
Draft / Height 12' 4", 15' 4"
4.7 m
Draft / Height - Maximum 16' 9"
Performance  
Speed 21 knots
Range at 12 knots 5,000 nautical miles
Armament 5.9": 7
Anti-Aircraft 3", 75 mm: 2
20 mm: 8
Machine guns, 13.2 mm machine guns: 3, 10
Mines 120
Aircraft 1
Armor  
Belt - Main 2.5"
6 cm
Control Tower 4"
10 cm
Deck - Main 2"
5 cm
Gun Shields 5 cm
Engines  
Boilers Schultz-Thornycroft: 14
Shafts 2
Turbines Parsons
HP 13,000
Coal 1,330 tons
Oil 130 tons

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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