Conte di Cavour Class Battleship (1911)

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Italy's three Conte di Cavour class dreadnoughts were delivered in 1914-15 – successors to the nation's first dreadnought-type ship, Dante Alighieri. One would be lost to Austro-Hungarian sabotage at anchor in Taranto harbour during the war.

The class introduced super-firing turrets to the Italian navy, positioning two of the five turrets as twins firing over triples, fore and aft, with another triple amidships.

Overview of 3 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Conte di Cavour La Spezia Arsenale 10 Aug, 1910 10 Aug, 1911 Sunk 12 Nov, 1940
Giulio Cesare Giovanni Ansaldo & Company, Genoa 24 Jun, 1910 15 Oct, 1911 14 May, 1914 Transferred 1948
Leonardo da Vinci Cantieri Navali Odero, Setri Ponente 18 Jul, 1910 14 Oct, 1911 Sunk 2 Aug, 1916


The ships had a peculiarly tall barbette under the super-firing "B" turret which must have come at great cost to the design in terms of weight.


Main Battery

Secondary Battery


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