SMS Novara (1913)

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For other ships of the same name, see SMS Novara.
The damaged Austrian cruiser Novara after the battle of the Otranto Straits, 15 May 1917.
Career (Austro-Hungary)
Name: Novara
Namesake: Battle of Novara in 1849
Laid down: 1912
Launched: 1913
Career (France)
Name: Thionville
Namesake: Thionville
Decommissioned: 1942
Status: scrapped 1942
General characteristics
Class and 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
25,130 shp
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
Complement: 327
Armament: 9 × 10 cm (3.9 in) guns
1 × 7 cm (2.8 in) gun
6 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes

SMS Novara[1] was a Novara class light cruiser of the Austro-Hungarian Navy which served during World War I.[2]


The launch of Novara

In 1912, the cruiser Novara[2] 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.

Service history[edit]

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.[3]

Novara was given to France following the end of World War I.[2] The ship was renamed Thionville and incorporated into the French fleet. The ship was scrapped in 1942.


  1. ^ In German language for ship names, "SMS" means "Seiner Majestät Schiff" (in English: "His Majesty's Ship"). See more at: Kaiserliche Marine.
  2. ^ a b c "SMS Novara, Austrian Postal History" (mail ship & postmark), Stamp Domain, 2001-09-30, webpage: StampDom-Novara.
  3. ^ 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.