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REGIA MARINA (ITALY)

CONVERTED MERCHANT VESSELS

armed merchant cruisers of WWII

Barletta 1942

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

Adriatico 4/4/1931 // 4/1937 CRDA, Monfalcone 1976 81.5x12.3x 14 2 diesels, 2200 2x1-102/45, 4-13.2, 60mines returned 1939, commissioned again 1940, sunk 1/12/1941
Arborea D5 1929 // 6/1940 OTO, Muggiano 4959 111.1x15.2x 16 3 diesels, 4500 4x1-120/45, 6-13.2 captured 8/9/1943
Attilio Defenu 1929 // 1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3510 98.8x13.4x5.3 14 2 diesels, 4045 2x1-102/45, 1x1-76/40, 6-13.2, 80mines sunk 25/11/1941
Barletta D16 12/9/1931 // 1936 CRDA, Monfalcone 1975 81.5x12.3x 14 2 diesels, 2200 2x1-102/45, 4-13.2, 60mines returned 1939, commissioned again 5/1940, damaged 2/12/1943, repaired mercantile
Brindisi D15 15/6/1931 // 6/1940 CRDA, Monfalcone 1976 81.5x12.3x 14 2 diesels, 2200 2x1-102/45, 4-13.2, 60mines sunk 6/8/1943
Brioni D13 4/2/1931 // 5/1940 CRDA, Monfalcone 1987 81.5x12.3x 14 2 diesels, 2200 2x1-102/45, 4-13.2, 90mines sunk 2/11/1942
Capitano Antonio Cecchi 12/10/1933 // 1940 Eriksbergs, Gothenburg, Sweden 2321 91.0x12.4x 15.5 2 diesels, 4800 2x1-100/27, 4-13.2 sunk 8/5/1941
Caralis D8 1929 // 5/1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3510 95.9x13.3x7.0 14.5 3 diesels, 4100 4x1-102/45, 6-13.2 sunk 28/5/1943
Cattaro (ex-Jugoslavija) D26 1933 // 1942 CNQ, Fiume 1275 76.5x10.5x 15.5 2 VQE 2x1-100/47, 1x1-76/40, 4-20/65, 2DCT captured 9/9/1943
Città di Bari 1928 // 1940 STT, Trieste 3220 96.7x13.7x 13.5 1 diesel 2x1-120/45 fire 3/5/1941
Città di Catania 1910 // 1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3262 110.8x12.8x 20 3 steam turbines, 13620 4x1-120/47, 2-47/40 sunk 3/8/1943
Città di Genova D4 1930 // 1940 CNR, Palermo 5413 125.5x15.5x 19 2 diesels, 1900 4x1-120/45, 2-20/65, 2-13.2 sunk 21/1/1943
Città di Napoli D1 12/6/1929 // 1940 CT, Riva Trigoso 5418 119.2x15.5x 17 2 diesels 4x1-120/45 sunk 28/11/1942
Città di Palermo D3 1930 // 1940 CNR, Palermo 5413 125.5x15.6x 19 2 diesels 4x1-120/45 sunk 5/1/1942
Città di Tunisi D2 1930 // 1940 CT, Riva Trigoso 5419 119.0x15.5x 17 2 diesels 4x1-120/45 captured 9/9/1943
Egeo (ex-Città di Bari) 2/4/1927 // 6/1940 STT, Trieste 3220 96.0x13.7x7.3 15 1 diesel, 1950 2x1-102/45, 5-13.2 sunk 24/4/1941
Egitto D11 1928 // 7/1940 STT, Trieste 3220 96.7x13.7x7.3 12.5 1 diesel, 1950 2x1-102/45, 5-13.2 sunk 1/3/1942
Filippo Grimani D9 7/6/1928 // 7/1941 STT, Trieste 3431 100.4x13.5x 16.5 2 diesels, 4200 2x1-102/45, 4-13.2, 60mines captured by Germany 9/9/1943
Francesco Morosini D12 3/10/1928 // 6/1940 STT, Trieste 2423 84.0x12.7x 17 2 diesels, 2100 2x1-120/45, 2-20/65 captured 9/9/1943
Ipparco Baccich D17 1931 // 6/1941 CNQ, Fiume 1500 62.0x9.2x4.5 14 1diesel 2x1-76/40, 2-13.2, 2DCT scuttled 8/9/1943
Lazzaro Mocenigo D21 1928 // 1940 CNSR, San Rocco 1403 71.8x10.5x4.5 14 1 diesel, 1200 2x1-100/47, 2-20/65, 2DCT stricken 1945
Lew D25     1980       2x1-102/45  
Loredan D19 5/9/1936 // 1940 CRDA, Monfalcone 1357 72.2x10.9x 14 1 diesel 2x1-102/45 sunk 10/4/1943
Lorenzo Marcello D20 1928 // 1941 STT, Trieste 1413 67.0x10.5x 14 1 diesel 2x1-100/47, 4-20/65, 2DCT sunk 19/6/1943
Narenta D18 1934 // 7/1941 CNR, Ancona 1362 72.2x10.9x 12 1 diesel, 1600 2x1-100/47, 4-20/65 sunk 11/4/1943
Olbia D7 1929 // 1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3514 95.9x13.3x 14.5 2 diesels 4x1-102/45 sunk 20/6/1943
Piero Foscari D10 7/6/1928 // 8/1940 STT, Trieste 3423 100.4x13.6x 16.5 2 diesels, 4200 2x1-102/45, 4-20/65, 80mines returned 1/1941, commissioned again 7/1941, sunk 9/9/1943
Ramb I 1937 // 6/1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3667 116.8x15.1x 17 2 diesels, 7200 4x1-120/40, 2-13.2 sunk 27/2/1941
Ramb II 7/6/1937 // 6/1940 CRDA, Monfalcone 3685 116.8x15.2x 17 2 diesels, 7200 2x1-120/40, 2-13.2 scuttled 8/9/1943
Ramb III D6 1938 // 4/1940 Ansaldo, Sestri Ponente 3667 116.8x15.1x 17 2 diesels, 6800 4x1-120/45, 2-13.2 scuttled 9/9/1943
Zara D14 4/7/1931 // 1940 CRDA, Monfalcone 1976 81.5x12.3x 14 2 diesels   sunk 2/11/1942

100 - 1000 BRT

Lago Tana D22 (1940, 783, 2-100/47, 6/1940 - 20/11/1942), Lago Zuai D23 (1940, 783, 2 - 100/47, 7/1940 - capt. 9/9/1943 (German UJ2220)), Loredan (1936, 700, 2-102/45, 1941 - 10/4/1943), Lubiana (ex-Ljubljana) D27 (1904, 953, 1941 - 1945), Mazara D24 (1934, 984, 2-76/40, 1940 - capt.9/9/1943), Pola D28 (1941, 451, 1/1942 - 8/9/1943, 20/9/1943 - 1945), Rovigno D29 (1940, 450, 1/1942 - 9/9/1943)

Ship project history: Merchant vessels converted to large patrols, more smaller than AMCs of other countries. Many of them can be used as minelayers.

Modernizations: 1941, Adriatico: - 2 x 1 - 102/45, 2 - 13.2; + 2 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 20/65

Naval service: Adriatico was sunk 1/12/1941 by British cruisers Aurora, Penelope and destroyer Lively en route from Argostoli to Bengasi. Ipparco Baccich was scuttled by her crew 8/9/1943 at La Spezia. Brindisi was torpedoed by British submarine Uproar 6/8/1943 en route from Bari to Teodo and foundered under tow at Brindisi. Capitano A. Cecchi was lost 8/5/1941 off Cyrenaica as result of ammunition explosion. Cattaro was captured by German troops 9/9/1943 and in 1944 was badly damaged by Allied aircraft. Città di Genova was sunk en route from Patra to Bari 21/1/1943 by British submarine Tigris. Attilio Defenu was sunk by British submarines Thunderbolt and Thrasher 25/11/1941 en route from Taranto to Patra. Egitto was mined 1/3/1942 between Taranto and Messina. Filippo Grimani was captured by Germans in September, 1943 and after war returned to mercantile service. Lorenzo Marcello was mined 19/6/1943 en route from Bari to Patra. Francesco Morosini was captured by German troops 9/9/1943. Ramb I was sunk 27/2/1941 by New Zealand cruiser Leander in Indian Ocean off atoll Addu. Ramb III was scuttled by crew 9/9/1943 at Kobe (Japan). Città di Catania was sunk 3/8/1943 by British submarine Unruffled off Brindisi. Arborea was captured by German troops 8/9/1943. Barletta was badly damaged by German aircraft 2/12/1943 at Bari and repaired only in 1948 as merchant vessel. Brioni was sunk by Allied aircraft 2/11/1942 at Tobruk. Caralis was sunk by American aircraft 28/5/1943 at Leghorn. Egeo was sunk 24/4/1941 en route from Tunis to Palermo by British destroyers Jervis, Juno and Janus. Piero Foscari was sunk by German MTBs 9/9/1943 off Cape Castiglioncello. Narento was bombed by Allied aircraft 6/4/1943 at Trapani and later capsized. Ramb II was scuttled 8/9/1943 at Kobe (Japan).

Ramb II

Brindisi

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14