An item reported that at Castellamare, Italy the keels were laid down for two colonial cruisers Campania and Basilicata. Displacement 2,500 tons, speed 16 miles and an armament of 6-15cm/5.9” guns and 6-7,6cm/3” guns. (1)
1. Of the Campania-class consisting of the Campania and Basilicata, preceded by the Nino Bixio-class. Especially designed for service in the waters of the Italian colonies. The ships were a mix of heavy armament and a long range at high speed.
Basilicata laid down at the Castellamare Dock on 9 August 1913, launched on 23 July 1914, commissioned on 1 August 1917, stationed in Italian Libya, sunk when one of her boilers exploded while at Tewfik, Egypt on 13 August 1919, salvaged in 1920, beyond repairs and sold to ship breakers at Suez, Egypt to be broken up on 1 July 1921.
Campania laid down at the Castellamare Dock on 9 August 1913, launched on 23 July 1914, commissioned on 18 April 1917, stricken on 11 March 1937 and sold to be broken up.