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VETTOR PISANI armoured cruisers (1898 - 1899)

Carlo Alberto 1898

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Carlo Alberto, 4/1918- Zenson     R. Arsenale di La Spezia 1/2/1892 23/9/1896 1/5/1898 TS 1907-1910, troop transport 4/1918, discarded 6/1920
Vettor Pisani     R. Arsenale di La Spezia 7/12/1892 14/8/1895 1/4/1899 repair ship 11/1916-11/1918, discarded 1/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

Carlo Alberto: 6397

Vettor Pisani: 6614

Displacement full, t

Carlo Alberto: 7057

Vettor Pisani: 7128

Length, m

99.0 pp 105.7 oa

Breadth, m

18.0

Draught, m

7.20

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

Carlo Alberto: 13219

Vettor Pisani: 13259

Max speed, kts

Carlo Alberto: 19.1

Vettor Pisani: 18.6

Fuel, t

coal 600 + oil 120

Endurance, nm(kts)

5400(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey; belt: 150, deck: 37, gunshields: 50, casemates: 150, CT: 150

Armament

Carlo Alberto: 12 x 1 - 152/40 A91, 6 x 1 - 120/40 A91, 2 x 1 - 75/21 Uchatius 29cwt No1, 14 x 1 - 57/40 H, 6 x 1 - 37/25 H lungo, 2 x 1 - 11.4/94, 4 - 450 TT (beam)

Vettor Pisani: 12 x 1 - 152/40 A91, 4 x 1 - 120/40 A91, 2 x 1 - 75/21 Uchatius 29cwt No1, 14 x 1 - 57/40 H, 8 x 1 - 37/25 H lungo, 2 x 1 - 11.4/94, 4 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

486

Ship project history: Good ships, but deficient in heavy armament. Carlo Alberto which could be distinguished from her sister by the presence of a mainmast, was used from 1902 for Marconi's first long range radio experiments at sea. Both vessels were designed by Eng Insp Edoardo Masdea.

Ship protection: 150mm belt protected full ship length and casemate, it was closed by 37mm deck.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: In 1907-10 Carlo Alberto served as a TS for torpedo ratings and gunners, and in 1917 she began conversion, in Venice NYd, to a troop transport, the work being completed in 1917-18 in Taranto NYd. From 4/4/1918 she was renamed Zenson, being recommissioned on the same day. Vettor Pisani was used as repair ship from 1/11/1916 to 27/11/1918.

Ivan Gogin, 2014