Saturday, 22 April 2017

Successful tests with triple gun turrets of Italian battleship Dante Alighieri according to the Dutch magazine Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1913-1914 no. 2

An item referred to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated March reported that during the tests with the new Italian battleship Dante Alighieri also the tripe gun turrets were tested. The tests were such successful that also this magazine believed in an prosperous future for such turret2 while all technical omissions were solved and the advantages now became clear.(1)

1. First Italian dreadnought battleship. Preceded by the Regina Elena-class and succeeded by the Conte di Cavour-class. Laid down at the Castellammare di Stabia navy yard on 6 June 1909, launched on 20 August 1910, completed on 15 January 1913, modernized in 1923, stricken on 1 July 1928 and finally broken up in that same year. She was designed by the Italian rear admiral engineer Edoardo Masdea (1) at that moment Chief Constructor of the Italian navy using the ideas of general Vittorio Cuniberti (2). The intention was to built a battleship with a main armament of the same calibre to be used for broadside fire and as much possible limited superstructure. The main armament consisted of 4x3-30,5cm/12” guns.