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GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIA seaplane carrier (1927)


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Giuseppe Miraglia  

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Giuseppe Miraglia (ex-Città di Messina)      // Arsenale di La Spezia 5.3.1921 20.12.1923 1927 submarine depot ship 9.1943


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

4880

Displacement full, t5913
Length, m

115.0 pp 121.2 oa

Breadth, m

15.0

Draught, m

5.20 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 8 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

12000

Max speed, kts

21

Fuel, t

oil 430

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

4 x 1 - 102/35 Schneider-Armstrong 1914-15, 2 catapults, 20 aircraft (M.5, M.7, M.18, P.6)

Complement196


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<i>Giuseppe Miraglia</i> 1940
Giuseppe Miraglia 1940


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<i> Giuseppe Miraglia</i>  
Giuseppe Miraglia  


Project history

Laid down as a passenger steamer Citta di Messina, bought incomplete by the Italian Government for conversion to seaplane tender. Works on conversion were begun 24.1.1925. Amidships large hangar was fitted. Over a hangar on a centre line there were superstructures and two funnels. Fwd and aft from them the hangar roof formed similarity of the flight deck serving for prelaunch maintenance of planes. Launch was effected by two catapults, one in a fore end and second aft. Handling of landed seaplanes was realised by cranes through lateral doors in hangar walls. In total on 20 seaplanes could be based: 4 large and 16 small.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

In beginning of war Giuseppe Miraglia was used in a role of training vessel and after September, 1943 as depot ship for Italian submarines at Malta. Stricken finally in 1950.