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NINO BIXIO scout cruisers (1914)

Marsala 1914

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Nino Bixio   R. Cantiere di Castellamare di Stabia 15/2/1911 30/12/1911 5/5/1914 stricken 3/1929
Marsala   R. Cantiere di Castellamare di Stabia 15/2/1911 24/3/1912 4/8/1914 stricken 11/1927

 

Displacement normal, t

3575

Displacement full, t

4141

Length, m

131.4 pp 140.3 oa

Breadth, m

13.0

Draught, m

4.10

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Curtiss steam turbines, 14 Blechynden boilers

Power, h. p.

22500

Max speed, kts

Nino Bixio: 26.8

Marsala: 27.5

Fuel, t

coal 800 + oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 1400(13)

Armour, mm

deck: 40, CT: 100

Armament

6 x 1 - 120/50 A1909, 6 x 1 - 76/50 V1909, 2 - 450 TT sub (beam), 200 mines

Complement

296

Ship project history: Fast turbine-driven scout cruisers, but deprived of armoured belt because of what actually they should be rated as protected cruisers. In comparison with the predecessor, Quarto, they were larger, but reached lower speed (on trials Marsala has shown 27.66kts, Bixio 26.82kts).

Ship protection: Main protection consisted of deck with slopes.

Modernizations: 1916, Marsala: 12 of 14 boilers were modified to burning oil only.

1920s, both: + 2 x 1 - 40/39 Vickers-Terni 1917

Naval service: Because of strong deterioration of machinery both were sold for BU in the late twenties.

Nino Bixio 1914

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14