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REGIA MARINA (ITALY)

CAPITAL SHIPS

AMMIRAGLIO DI SAINT BON battleships (1901 - 1902)

Emanuele Filiberto 1902

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ammiraglio di Saint Bon   R. Arsenale di Venezia 18/7/1893 29/4/1897 24/5/1901 stricken 6/1920
Emanuele Filiberto   R. Cantiere di Castellamare di Stabia 5/10/1893 29/9/1897 16/4/1902 stricken 3/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 10082

Emanuele Filiberto: 9645

Displacement full, t

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 10531

Emanuele Filiberto: 9940

Length, m

105.0 pp 111.8 oa

Breadth, m

21.1

Draught, m

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 7.69

Emanuele Filiberto: 7.27

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 14296

Emanuele Filiberto: 13552

Max speed, kts

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 18.3

Emanuele Filiberto: 18.1

Fuel, t

coal 1000 + oil 120

Endurance, nm(kts) 3400(10) - 5500(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey; side: 250, deck: 70, CT: 250, turrets: 250, battery: 150, 120mm gunshields: 50

Armament

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 2 x 2 - 254/40 A, 8 x 1 - 152/40 A91, 8 x 1 - 120/40 A91, 8 x 1 - 57/43 N, 2 x 1 - 37/25 H lungo, 4 - 450 TT

 (aw, beam)

Emanuele Filiberto: 2 x 2 - 254 A, 8 x 1 - 152/40 A91, 8 x 1 - 120/40 A91, 6 x 1 - 76/40 A, 8 x 1 - 47/40 H, 4 - 450 TT (aw, beam)

Complement

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon: 557

Emanuele Filiberto: 565

Ship project history: Vice-Admiral Saint Bon, then minister of the Navy, proposed a medium-sized battleship, as a more convenient type for the Italian Navy and also as a reaction to the huge and expensive battleships of the previous classes. On his death (November 1892), the temporary minister Brin and the new one, Vice-Admiral Racchia, ordered some modifications to the original project. So modified, the Saint Bons were laid down in 1893. They had a low freeboard (only 3m from the upper deck to the waterline) and heavy guns of reduced calibre (even though the model fitted was a remarkable design), and were not powerful ships; even if one considers them as a half-measure between a battleship and a cruiser, it must be admitted that the speed of 18kts was low for a cruiser.

Ship protection: Ships were protected by 250mm belt on full ship length and 70mm deck above.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Had it not been for the outbreak of the First World War, the Saint Bons would have been broken up in about 1914-15. The two vessels were commissioned before completion, Ammiraglio di Saint Bon on 1/2/1901 and Emanuele Filiberto on 6/9/1901.

Ammiraglio di Saint Bon 1901

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014