SMS Novara (1913)
The damaged Austrian cruiser Novara after the battle of the Otranto Straits, 15 May 1917.
|Namesake:||Battle of Novara in 1849|
|Class & type:||Novara class cruiser|
|Displacement:||3,380 tons (designed)
3,940 tons (full load)
|Length:||130.64 m (428.6 ft)|
|Beam:||12.79 m (42.0 ft)|
|Draught:||5 m (16 ft)|
|Propulsion:||16 x Yarrow boilers, 6 x Parsons steam turbines
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h)|
|Armament:||9 × 10 cm (3.9 in) guns
1 × 7 cm (2.8 in) gun
6 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes
In 1912, the cruiser Novara was constructed for the Austro-Hungarian Navy, of the improved Spaun class design. As a smaller cruiser, the four-funnel Novara had a displacement of 3,500 tons, a length of 424 feet, beam 42 feet, and a complement of 318 crew. It carried armament of nine 3.9 inch and one 47mm landing gun, plus four 17.7 inch torpedoes. Its power/speed was 25000 hp/27 knots, and it had an armour belt of 2.5 inches and deck armour of 0.75 inches.
Novara was the flagship of Admiral Miklós Horthy, later regent of Hungary. The vessel took part in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto on 14/15 May 1917, during which 14 Allied trawlers were sunk. Novara was slightly damaged when an Allied shell fractured one of its steam pipes, leading to a loss of power. She limped home.
|This section requires expansion with:
- In German language for ship names, "SMS" means "Seiner Majestät Schiff" (in English: "His Majesty's Ship"). See more at: Kaiserliche Marine.
- "SMS Novara, Austrian Postal History" (mail ship & postmark), Stamp Domain, 2001-09-30, StampDomain.com webpage: StampDom-Novara.
- Kemp, Peter, The Otranto Barrage, in History of the First World War, BPC Publishing Ltd., Bristol, 1971, p.2269.
- Greger, René (1976). Austro-Hungarian Warships of World War I. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0623-7.