Monday, 15 May 2017

Large explosion on board of the Italian dreadnought Caio Duilio according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant dated 10 April 1925

Andrea Doria-class

With thanks to Enrico

An item reported that a day earlier on board of the Italian dreadnought Duilio lying in the roads of La Spezzia a heavy explosion caused many victims. When loading a 30,5cm gun functioned the breech closer not correct and when the cartridge ignited was the piled ammunition exploded caused by the flash. Six men were killed, five heavy and 10 lightly wounded. To prevent a disaster was the powder room of the battle cruiser flooded.(1)

1. Of the Andra Doria-class dreadnoughts with as sister ship the Andrea Doria which class succeeded the Conti di Cavour-class and was succeeded by the Vittorio Veneto-class in stead of the planned Francesco Caracciolo-class. Laid down at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, Naples on 24 February 1912 and on 24 April a year later launched, commissioned on 13 June 1916, April 1937-October 1940 extensively modernized since 1942 out of service due to lacking fuel, since 1943 training ship and broken up in La Spezia in 1957.