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FAÀ DI BRUNO monitor (1917)


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Faà di Bruno

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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Faà di Bruno (ex-GA43), 11.1924- GM194     R. Arsenale di Venezia 1915 30.1.1916 23.7.1917 stricken 11.1924, floating battery 1940, captured by Germans 9.9.1943 (Biber)


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

2809

Displacement full, t2854
Length, m

55.6

Breadth, m

27.0

Draught, m

2.20

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Thornycroft VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

465

Max speed, kts

2.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mm

belt: 2900 concrete cofferdam, deck: 40, barbette: 60, turret: 110 face (70+20+20)

Armament

1 x 2 - 381/40 S1914, 4 x 1 - 76/40 A1916, 2 x 1 - 40/39 V,T1915

Complement

743



Standard scale images


<i>Faà di Bruno </i>1918
Faà di Bruno 1918


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<i>Faà di Bruno</i>
Faà di Bruno


Project history

Ship was projected by rear admiral G. Rota specially for support of land forces around Trieste. She represented rectangular pontoon with a raking deck. On perimeter the hull instead of an armoured belt was protected by a layer of cofferdams filled with concrete (2.9m thickness). 381mm guns, made for incomplete dreadnought Christoforo Colombo, had max elevation angle 15° and a horizontal aiming angle 60°. Steam engines have been removed from old torpedo boat (according to some information, their actual power did not exceed 100hp). In comparison with British monitors Faa di Bruno was considerable slower, but had smaller draught that moderated risk of mining.

Ship protection

Hull was protected all around by 2.9-m concrete.

Modernizations

None

Naval service

 In November, 1917 ship has got to a storm and to avoid loss ran aground off Ancona. Faà di Bruno was stricken in 1924 but survived inter-war period and in t1940-1943 was used as floating battery GM194 at Genoa.