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 Italian Cruisers from the Armoured Cruiser Marco Polo 1892 to Capitani Romani Class launched in 1940. Historical Information of these cruisers and where possible photographs or prints supplied by visitors to the site.

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Armoured Cruisers
Marco Polo 27th October 1892 Converted to a troop transport in Venice from 1917-1918 with a new name of Cortellazzo. Renamed again as Europa in October 1920 and discarded January 1921 while simultaneously being reinstated as Volta. Discarded and sold for scrapping 5th January 1922.

Marco Polo in 1897. She was one of three ships belonging to the flying squadron in the Mediterranean.

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Vettor Pisani Class
Carlo Alberto 23rd September 1896 Converted to troop transport in Venice Navy Yard in 1917 and work was completed in Taranto Navy Yard in 1918. Renamed Zenson and recommissioned in April 1918 but discarded on 12th June 1920.

Italian armoured cruiser Carlo Alberto in 1902 was launched at Spezia in 1896 she measured 324 ft in length with a displacement of 6,500 tons and a speed of 20 knots.

Carlo Alberto.

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Vettor Pisani 14th August 1895 Discarded 2nd January 1920.

The Vettor Pisani makes her way through the canal. 

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Vittor Pisani  Italian Armoured  Cruiser Pictured 1903. 

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Garibaldi Class Armoured Cruiser
General Garibaldi 1895 Removed and scrapped 1935.
General San Martin 1896 Removed and scrapped 1935
General Belgrano 1897 Removed and scrapped 1948.
General Pueyrredon 1897 Removed 1954
Pisa Class
Amalfi 5th May 1908 Sunk in Northern Adriatic on 7th July 1915 by Austrian submarine U26 (German u-boat UB14).

Amalfi

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Pisa 15th September 1907 Reclassed as coastal battleship in July 1921 and used as a training ship, sold for disposal in April 1937.

The Italian cruiser Pisa. 

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Pisa at Taranto.

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San Giorgio Class
San Giorgio 27th July 1908 Reconstructed 1937-38 and recommissioned in June 1938. She was scuttled 22nd January 1941 at Tobruk.

San Giorgio

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San Giorgio.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

San Giorgio after reconstruction, 1939.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Troops on board San Giorgio, 1940.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

San Giorgio after bombing at Tobruk.

Damage to the San Giorgio.  Sent in by David Lockhart.

Damage to the San Giorgio.  Sent in by David Lockhart.

Damage to the San Giorgio.  Sent in by David Lockhart.

San Marco 20th December 1908 Converted to a radio controlled target ship during 1931-35. She was then captured by the Germans on 9th September 1943. Her hull was sunk at La Spezia.

San Marco  circa 1908

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San Marco. photo sent in by Peter Taylor 

San Marco - 1915

Libia Protected Cruiser
Libia  (ex Turkish Cruiser Drama) 11th November 1912 Ordered by Turkey, after Italy declared war on Turkey, the shop was taken over. Stricken in March 1937
Campania Class Protected Cruisers
Campania 23rd July 1914 In 1921 re classed as a Gunboat,  In 1932 became a Training Ship, Stricken in March 1937
Basilicata 23 July 1914 Sunk after an explosion in the boiler room at Tewfik near Port Said 13th august 1919
Quarto Scout Cruiser 
Quarto 19th August 1911 Explosion in hone of her boiler rooms caused damage in 1938. discarded on the 5th September 1938 her hull was sued for experiments at Leghorn
Bixio Class Scout Cruisers
Nino Bixio 30th December 1911 Stricken 15th March 1929
Marsala 24th march 1912 Stricken 27th November 1927
Ex German Cruiser Strassburg renamed Taranto
Taranto Acquired 20th July 1920 Scuttled by the Italians after the armistice but re floated by the Germans. on the 23rd Sept 1944 sunk by Arial bombing at la Spezia. finally broken up- 1946.
Ex Austrian Admiral Spaun Class Scout Cruisers
Brindisi  (ex Helgoland) Acquired 19th September 1920 Served as a accommodation ship 1927 to 1937 at Ancona then Pola and lastly at Venezia, Stricken on the 11th march 1937
Venezia  (ex Saida) Acquired 19th September 1920 Used as a accommodation ship 1930 - 1937 at Genoa and also at La Spezia, stricken 11th march 1937
Ex German Graudenz Light Cruiser
Ancona   Acquired 1st June 1920 Served with the Italian Navy after major modifications during 1921-1924, re commissioned on the 6th may 1925, re classified as a cruiser on the 19th July 1929 and finally stricken 11th March 1937
Ex German Pillau  Light Cruiser
Bari    Acquired 20th July 1920 Commissioned into the |Italian Navy on the 21st January 1924. re classed as a Cruiser on the 19th July 1929. underwent modifications during 1834 - 1935 for Colonial service.  On the 28th June 9143 badly damaged by us aerial bombing and sank two days later.   On the 8th September the Italians  destroyed parts of the ship to stop it falling into German hands.. hull was re floated in January 1948 and Scrapped 1948
Trento Class
Trento 4th October 1927 Sunk on 15th June 1942 by HMS Umbra.

Trento.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli

100mm AA guns of Trento.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Trieste 24th October 1926 Sunk on 10th April 1943 by HMS Utmost.

Trieste.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli

Zara Class
Fiume 27th April 1930 Sunk on 29th March 1941 by British battleships and destroyers.
Gorizia 28th December 1930 Captured by the Germans after the Italian surrender but was then sunk on 26th June 1944.
Pola 5th December 1931 Scuttled on 29th March 1941 after taking damage from British destroyers.
Zara 27th April 1930 Sunk on 29th March 1941 by British battleships and destroyers.
Bolzano 31st August 1932 Captured by the Germans after the Italian surrender but was then sunk on 21st June 1944.
Giussano Class
Albercio Da Barbiano 23rd August 1930 Sunk on 13th December 1941 by HMS Legion, HMS Maori, HMS Sikh and Isaac Sweers.
Amberto Di Giussano 27th April 1930 Sunk on 13th December 1941 by HMS Legion, HMS Maori, HMS Sikh and Isaac Sweers.
Bartolomeo Colleoni 21st December 1930 Sunk on 19th July 1940 by HMS Sydney, HMS Hyperion and HMS Ilex.

Bartolomeo Colleoni.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Bartolomeo Colleoni.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Bartolomeo Colleoni.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Giovanni Delle Bande Nere 27th April 1930 Sunk on 1st April 1942 by HMS Urge.

Giovanni Delle Bande Nere.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Cadorna Class
Luigi Cadorna 11th August 1933 Scrapped after 1951.
Armando Diaz 29th April 1933 Sunk on 25th February 1941 by the sub HMS Upright.
Montecuccoli Class
Raimondo Montecuccoli 2nd August 1934 Scrapped after 1964.
Muzio Attendolo 9th September 1934 Sunk on 4th December 1942.
Duca D'Aosta Class
Emmanuele Filiberto Duca D'Aosta 22nd April 1934 Sold to USSR on 2nd March 1949.
Eugenio Di Savoia 16th March 1935 Sold to Greece on 1st July 1951.

Eugenio Di Savoi.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Abruzzi Class
Luigi Di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi 21st April 1936 Scrapped after 1961.

Luigi Di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli

Giuseppe Garibaldi 21st April 1936 Scrapped after 1972.
Capitani Romani Class
Attilio Regolo 28th August 1940 Given to France in 1948.

Attilio Regolo.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Giulio Germanico 26th July 1941 Scrapped in 1971.
Pompeo Magno 24th August 1941 Became a training ship from 1964.
Scipione Africano 12th January 1941 Given to France in 1948.

Scipione Africano.  Submitted by Carol Geeves

Scipione Africano 1943.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Protected Cruisers

Bausan Class

Giovanni Bausan 15th December 1883 Sold for disposal 15th January 1920.
Etna Class
Etna 26th September 1885 Sold for disposal 15th May 1921.
Vesuvio 21st March 1886 Sold for disposal 11th May 1911
Stromboli 4th February 1886 Sold for disposal 10th March 1907.

The protected cruiser Stromboli in 1897.

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Ettore Fieramosca 30th August 1888 Sold for disposal 15th July 1909
Dogali Protected Cruiser

Built in Britain by Armstrong at Elswick for the Greek Navy and named Salamis. But was bought by the Italian Navy initially to be named Angelo Emo. Served with the Italian navy, ending her service with the Italian navy while in Montevideo, when she was sold   to Uruguay on the 16th January 1908. as Montevideo

Displacement: 2050.  Speed: 17.7 knots.  Crew 224.  Armament: Six  6-inch guns,  Nine 57mm Guns, 6 Gatling guns  Four 14inch Torpedo Tubes.  One  extra75mm gun added in 1898

Dogali 23rd December 1885 Sold to Uruguay on the 16th January 1908. as Montevideo
 
Piemonte 23rd August 1888 Sold for disposal 15th May 1920.

Italian Cruiser Piemonte  built at the Elswick Yard (UK) and in 1898 was the fastest ship afloat.

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Piemonte.

Photograph taken from book published 1892 by captain Eardley Wilmott.  Book owned by Cranston Fine Arts

Lombardia or Regions Class
Elba 12th August 1893 Refitted as a balloon-ship from 1907 and then served as a depot ship to seaplanes from 1914-1915.
Etruria 23rd April 1891 She was caught up in the explosion of an ammunition barge in Leghorn harbour and sank on 13th August 1918.
Liguria 8th June 1893 Refitted as a balloon-ship from 1908 to 1911 and then served as a minelayer from 1917. She was sold for disposal on 15th May 1921.

The Liguria in 1897.

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Liguria.  Sent in by Allan Lloyd.

Lombardia 12th July 1890 Used as a depot ship for submarines from 1908 and sold for disposal on 4th July 1920.
Puglia 22nd September 1898 Used as a minelayer from the beginning of July 1916 and then disposed of on 22nd March 1923. Part of the ship is alleged to have been placed at Gardone on Lake Garda in Gabriele d'Annunzio's "Vittoriale".
Calabria Class
Calabria 20th September 1894 Disposed of on 13th November 1924.
Libia Class (Ex Drama)
Libia 11th November 1912 Turkish order in 1910 with plans similar to those of the Turkish cruiser Hamideh. She was captured by Italy when war was declared and her name was changed to Libia. She was sold and scrapped on 11th March 1937.
Campania Class
Basilicata 23rd July 1914 Sank after an internal explosion of one of her boilers  near Port Said but was refloated on 12th September 1920. She was sold and scrapped July 1st 1921.
Campania 23rd July 1914 Disposed of  11th March 1937.

Scout Cruisers

Quarto  19th August 1911 Scrapped after 1939.

Quarto.

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Bixio Class
Nino Bixio 30th December 1911 Scrapped after 1929.
Marsala 24th March 1912 Scrapped after 1927.
     
Taranto (ex Strassburg) 24th August 1911 Originally a German light cruiser she was scuttled on 23rd September 1943 but raised by the Germans only to be bombed and sunk on 23rd October 1943. Raised and sunk again on 23rd September 1944 she was scrapped after 1947.
Admiral Spaun Class
Brindisi (ex Helgoland) 23rd November 1912 Used as accommodation ship. Scrapped after 1937.
Venezia (ex Saida) 26th October 1912 Used as accommodation ship. Scrapped after 1937.
     
Ancona (ex Graudenz) 25th October 1913 Scrapped after 1937.
     
Bari (ex Pillau) 11th April 1914 Took heavy damage from US bombs at Leghorn and sank on 28th June 1943. Partially broken in 1944 her hull was raised and then scrapped in 1948.

Bari.  Contributed by Alberto Rosselli.

Torpedo Cruisers
Tripoli Class
Tripoli 25th August 1886 Refitted as a minelayer in 1897 and sold for scrap on 4th March 1923.
Goito Class
Goito 6th July 1887 Taken off the list on 26th January 1920.
Montebello  14th March 1888 Taken off the list 26th January 1920.
Partenope Class
Minerva New boilers fitted and converted to minelayer in 1909-1910.
Partenope New boilers fitted and converted to minelayer in 1906-1908.
Aretusa
Calatafimi
Caprera
Euridice
Urania
Iride
 

Agordat.  Italian Protected Cruiser pictured 1902.

Launched  11th October 1899  and Discarded 4th January 1923

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Varese . Pictured 1902

 Italian Armoured Cruiser of the Garibaldi Class. launched 6th August 1899 Discarded 4th January 1923

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Italian Armoured Cruiser of the garibaldi Class Pictured 1903

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Varese.

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Old photo postcard from 1902 stating the ship is Guiseppe Garibaldi, but it is believed to be the Marco Polo or Carlo Alberto.  If you can help, email us at mail@militaryart.freeserve.co.uk 

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  Italian Battleship of the Garibaldi Class pictured c.1920 in the Dardanelles. 

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Italian Armoured Cruiser of the Garibaldi Class, either the Francesco Ferruccio or more likely her sister the Varese.  -  Thanks to Carl Proctor.

The ship to the left of the photograph is Italian guided missile cruiser / light aircraft carrier Vittorio Veneto (C550).  The French aircraft carrier to the right is either Foch (R99) or Clemenceau (R98)  ---  Thanks to Carl Proctor.

C551 Guiseppe Garibaldi at Malta, 15th November 1995.

Aircraft Carrier.  Launched 4th June 1983.  

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Doria Class Helicopter Cruiser Andrea Doria (C553)  Closing to fuel from RFA Grey Rover, Mediterranean, May 1986.

Andrea Doria launched 27th February 1963 and stricken 19th July 1991.

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Vittorio Veneto at Malta.

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C550 Vittorio Veneto at Malta.

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C550 Vittorio Veneto at Malta.

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Italian Helicopter cruiser Vittorio Veneto (C550).

Sent in by Carl Proctor.

C550 Vittorio Veneto arriving at Malta, 20th June 2001

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C550 Vittorio Veneto at Malta, June 2001.

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C550 Vittorio Veneto at Malta, June 2001.

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C550 Vittorio Veneto at Malta, June 2001.

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Vittorio Veneto at Malta, June 2001.

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Armoured Cruisers of the Italian Navy. The Italian cruiser section is still under construction.
Marco Polo. 
Lazzo
Vettor Pisani
Carlo Alberto
General Garibaldi
General San Martin
General Belgrano

 

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Faster Boys - Give Them Hell! Loos, September 25th 1915 by Jason Askew. (Y)
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 Replacements from 1st Battalion Irish Guards and Sherman tanks of the 46th Royal Tank Regiment move through the debris of Anzio town towards their jump-off positions for the Battle of Campoleone Station.

Anzio, Italy, February 1944 by David Pentland. (Y)
Half Price! - 50.00

 

SPORT PRINTS

Click above to see all of our sport art index - Eight random half price sport items are displayed to the right.

Some Current Half Price Sport Art Offers

DH007. Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
Steady Johnnie Steady by Erskine Nicol.
Half Price! - 12.00
 Ferrari Pit Stop 2001.
Masters of Strategy II by Michael Thompson.
Half Price! - 33.00
 Neil Hodgson celebrates winning the World Superbike Championship at Assen, September 2003.
No.1 by Dave Foord. (Y)
Half Price! - 110.00
This signed art print was produced at the end of 2000 after the Olympics of that year, and has been sold out from the publisher for many years.  We have the last few publishers proofs of this edition available.  This superb art print celebrates the ultimate achievement for any athlete, the winning of an Olympic gold medal.  In the modern era athletes from Great Britain have won 178 gold medals and Gary Keane's montage celebrates some of the highlights from those achievements.  It captures the determination and effort required to win, as well as the euphoria when the realisation that a life long dream has finally become a reality.  This print is not only a tribute to those featured but also to all other competitors and medal winners who have strived to bring glory and honour to Great Britain.  As the Olympic Games enter a new century and a new chapter in history, it is hoped that this reminder of past glories will also help to inspire those competing for gold in the future.  This limited edition print is signed by six gold medal winners : <br>LYNN DAVIES - 1964 TOKYO Men's Long Jump.<br>MARY PETERS - 1972 MUNICH Pentathlon.<br>DALEY THOMPSON - 1980 MOSCOW Decathlon & 1984 LOS ANGELES Decathlon.<br>TESSA SANDERSON - 1984 LOS ANGELES Javelin.<br>SALLY GUNNELL - 1992 BARCELONA 400 metre Hurdles.<br>STEVEN REDGRAVE - 1984 LOS ANGELES Rowing Coxed Fours, 1988 SEOUL Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1992 BARCELONA Rowing Coxless Pairs, 1996 ATLANTA Rowing Coxless Pairs (and since signing this print, also 2000 SYDNEY Rowing Coxless Fours).

British Olympic Legends by Gary Keane
Half Price! - 110.00

 Jimmys total of 516 league appearances produced an amazing 357 goals.

Greavsie by Gary Keane.
Half Price! - 55.00
 Colin McRae and Nicky Grist.  Ford Focus WRC
High Flier by Michael Thompson.
Half Price! - 30.00
 Martin strikes again with this portrait of Nigel Mansell OBE walking, perhaps to the pits, or away from the race track, characteristiclly with his hand to his forehead.  Maybe hes planning his strategy for the day or is just plain frustrated.
A Hard Day at the Office by Martin Smith.
Half Price! - 40.00
Passing the stand in the Galway Plate.

With a Circuit To Go by Chris Howells.
Half Price! - 70.00

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