fighting ships of the world



PALESTRO destroyers (1921-1923)

Palestro 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Palestro PT Orlando, Livorno 4/1917 23/3/1919 1/1921 sunk 22/9/1940
Confienza CF Orlando, Livorno 5/1917 18/12/1920 4/1923 collision 20/11/1940
San Martino SM Orlando, Livorno 4/1917 8/9/1920 10/1922 captured by Germany 9/9/1943 (TA18, later TA17)
Solferino SL Orlando, Livorno 4/1917 28/4/1920 10/1921 captured by Germany 9/9/1943 (TA18)


Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

80.0 wl 81.9 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m

2.70 normal 2.80 full load

No of shafts



Zoelly steam turbines, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

oil 208

Endurance, nm(kts) 1970(14)


4 x 1 - 102/45 Schneider-Armstrong 1917, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Ansaldo 1917, 2 x 1 - 6.5/80, 2 x 2 - 450 TT, 10 - 38 mines



Ship project history: Project was developed by Orlando in 1915 on basis of earlier destroyer Audace. From Indomito class these ships differed hardly in larger dimensions, stretched forecastle and two funnels instead of three. 18000hp machinery has ensured a speed increment to 32kts. In the remaining they were close enough to last "three-funnelers" of 3rd and 4th groups.

In the end of 1915 8 ships of Palestro class were ordered, however because of the shortage of shipbuilding steel and other strategic materials called by wartime building of four of them was suspended for uncertain time. Remaining four for the same reasons were built slowly and were commissioned only in the early twenties. As a whole Palestro class ships were appeared more successful, than "three-funnelers".

In 1938 they were re-rated as torpedo boats. Shortly before the Second World War beginning it was planned to strengthen AA armament, replacing one 102mm and both 76mm guns by 4 20mm MGs, but these plans have not been realised.

Modernizations: 1942, San Martino, Solferino: - 2 x 1 - 102/45, 2 x 1 - 76/40; + 6 x 1 - 20/65 Breda 1940, 2 DCT

Naval service: Palestro 22/9/1940 was sunk by ritish submarine Osiris W off Durazzo. Confienza 20/11/1940 was sunk as result of collision with auxiliary cruiser Capitano A. Cecchi off Brindisi. San Martino 9/9/1943 was captured by German troops at Piraeus, renamed TA18, then TA17, repeatedly damaged and stricken 12/10/1944 and scuttled. Solferino 9/9/1943 was captured by German troops at Suda, renamed TA18, 19/10/1944 hard damaged by gunfire of British destroyers Termagant and Tuscan at island Skiathos, ran aground and was destroyed.

Solferino 1941


Ivan Gogin, 2009-14