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BASARABIA river monitor (1915/1920)

Basarabia 1920

Basarabia 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Basarabia (ex-Marx, ex-Ujvidek, ex-Inn) 7/1951- M206 Danubius, Budapest, Austria-Hungary 11/1913 25/2/1915 4/1915 // 4/1920 captured by USSR 5/9/1944 ( <Kerch>), returned 7/1951, stricken 1960

  

Displacement standard, t

541

Displacement full, t

770

Length, m

62.0

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

1.80

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

1600

Max speed, kts

12.2

Fuel, t

coal 60

Endurance, nm(kts) 700(10)
Armour, mm belt: 40, deck: 35, turrets: 50, CT: 40

Armament

1 x 2 - 120/42 G. L/45, 3 x 1 - 120/8 Haub. L/10, 2 x 1 - 66/47 G. L/50 BAG, 6 x 1 - 8.3/66

Complement

133

Ship project history: Former Austro-Hungarian Inn. 22/9/1917 she was sunk lower Braila on Danube by a mine; 18/11/1917 she was salvaged and towed off into repair to Budapest. 21/3/1919 she passed under control of Hungarian Soviet republic, 13/4/1919 renamed Ujvidek; late July, 1919 after repair as Marx she was commissioned by Hungarian Danube flotilia. In November, 1919 ship was interned by Government of Yugoslavia at Novi Sad. Under the treaty on division of Austro-Hungarian fleet ship was transferred to Romania 15/4/1920 and renamed Basarabia.

Ship protection: Machinery had 50mm vertical and 19mm horizontal protection.

Modernizations: late 1930s: - 2 x 1 - 66/47, 6 x 1 - 8.3/66; + 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 2 - 13.2/76.

(1942-1943): - 1 x 2 - 120/40, 3 x 1 - 120/10; + 2 x 2 - 120/50 Škoda-Bofors Mk4

7/1951: - 1 x 1 - 37/83, 2 x 1 - 20/65, 1 x 2 - 13.2/76; + 5 x 1 - 37/73 70K, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 x 1 - 12.7/79

Naval service: Basarabia 5/9/1944 was captured by Soviet troops on lower Danube and 30/10/1944 was commissioned by Soviet Navy as Kerch. 3/7/1951 she was returned to Romania.

Basarabia 1920s

Ivan Gogin, 2009-16