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TARANTO light cruiser (1912/1920)

Taranto 1920

Taranto 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Taranto (ex-Strassburg)   KMW Wilhelmshaven, Germany 4/1910 24/8/1911 9/10/1912 // 20/7/1920 scuttled 9/9/1943

 

Displacement normal, t

4564

Displacement full, t

5281

Length, m

136.0 wl 138.7 oa

Breadth, m

13.5

Draught, m

5.06 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Marine steam turbines, 16 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

27000

Max speed, kts

27.5

Fuel, t

coal 1200 + oil 106

Endurance, nm(kts) 5820(12)

Armour, mm

belt: 60 - 18, shields: 50, deck: 40 - 20 with 60 - 40-mm slopes; CT: 100 sides, 20 roof

Armament

7 x 1 - 149/43 SK L/45 C/09, 2 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 2 x 1 - 500 TT, 2 - 500 TT sub (beam, 5), 120 mines

Complement

486

Ship project history: Ex-German Strassburg (Magdeburg class) received by reparations 20/7/1920 but commissioned by navy only 2/6/1925.

Ship protection: 60mm belt protected machinery and magazines (about 80 % of ship length), its thickness decreased to 18mm at fwd part, there was 40mm transverse bulkhead between 60mm and 18mm parts of the belt, aft part of waterline was unprotected. 40-20mm armour deck was connected with lower edge of the belt by 60-40mm slopes. Guns were protected by 50mm shields, ammo tubes had 20mm armour.

Modernizations: (1921 - 1924): - 2 x 1 - 88/42; + 2 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo 1917

1926: + 1 seaplane (M.7, CANT.24 from 1931)

(1936 - 1937): 2 boilers with fore funnel were removed (13000hp, 21kts, 1330t of coal + 130t of oil); - 2 x 1 - 500 TT, 2 - 500 TT; + 2 x 2 - 13.2/76

1940 - 1941: + 4 x 2 - 20/65 Breda 1935, 3 x 2 - 13.2/76

Naval service: In 1942 Taranto was laid up into reserve. 9/9/1943 she was scuttled by own crew at La Spezia to avoid capture, raised by Germans and sunk again 23/10/1943 by Allied aircraft. She was raised by Germans, but 23/9/1944 sunk by Allied aircraft at third time. Later wreck was salvaged and BU.

Taranto 1940

 

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14