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HUNGARIAN RIVER FLOTILLA (HUNGARY)

RIVER BOATS

COMPO armoured river gunboats (1916/1919-1929)

Viza 1919

Györ 1944

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Szeged (ex-Wels, ex-Bregalnica, ex-Wels, ex-l)   Danubius, Budapest, Austria-Hungary 1915 22/10/1915 1916 // 4/1920 captured by USA 8/5/1945, BU 1949
Baja (ex-Barsch, ex-Neretva, ex-Barsch, ex-m)   Danubius, Budapest, Austria-Hungary 1915 1915 1916 // 7/1929 captured by USA 8/5/1945, sold mercantile late 1940s
Compo, 10/1927- Györ (ex-Compo, ex-n)   Danubius, Budapest, Austria-Hungary 1915 1916 1916 // 1/1919 to Austria 4/1920 (Compo), purchased again 10/1927, captured by USA 8/5/1945, BU 1949
Viza, 4/1920- Kecskemét (ex-Viza, ex-o)   Danubius, Budapest, Austria-Hungary 1915 1916 1916 // 1/1919 captured by USA 8/5/1945, BU 1949

 

Displacement standard, t

129

Displacement full, t

133

Length, m

44.0

Breadth, m

6.00

Draught, m

1.00

No of shafts

2

Machinery

AEG geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

1200

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

oil 18

Armour, mm belt: 8, deck: 6, turrets: 10, CT: 10

Armament

2 x 2 - 66/24 G. L/26 K.15 BAK, 2 x 2 - 8.3/66

Baja: 2 x 1 - 75/27 G. L/30 K.16 BAG, 2 x 2 - 8.3/83

Complement

40

Ship project history: Former Austro-Hungarian river armoured gunboats i, m, n, o, built at Budapest. In 1916, at once after completion, they were renamed Wels, Barsch, Compo and Viza respectively. They had rather foremost for time steam turbines with a full gearing and thus, that they were the first-ever river boats with steam turbines! On trials they shown overall speed 17.3-18.5kts. In 1918 they were used as minesweepers on Black Sea, demonstrated quite good seaworthiness for river ship.
In December, 1918 Wels and Barsch were interned at Beograd, in January, 1919 they were commissioned by Yugoslavian Danube flotilla as Bregalnica and Neretva. Compo and Viza in 1919 served with Hungarian Danube flotilla. 15/4/1920, as result of partition of Austro-Hungarian Navy, Wels and Viza were received by Hungary; they were commissioned in 1921 and 1923 respectively as Szeged and Kecskemét. Barsch and Compo refer to Austria with former names, the truth, Compo was never commissioned and 6/10/1927 sold to Hungary. She passed major repairs at Dyor and in 1929 was commissioned as Györ. 30/7/1929 Barsch also was sold to Hungary and was named Baja.

Ship protection: Bullet-proof protection.

Modernizations: 1923-1929, Szeged, Kecskemét: - 2 x 2 - 66/27; + 2 x 1 - 75/27 G. L/30 K.16 BAG

1928, Györ: - 2 x 2 - 66/27; + 2 x 1 - 75/56 Bofors m/28, 1 x 1 - 50/12 mortar

1940, Szeged, Baja, Kecskemét: + 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

1944, Györ: + 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: Szeged, Kecskemét, Györ and Baja 8/5/1945 were captured by American troops in Austria and in 1949 were broken up in Hungary, except Baja, served as icebreaker on Danube till 1950s, her further fate is unknown.

Szeged 1925

Györ 1933

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15