Soviet training ship Dunay
Cristoforo Colombo in Italian service
|Laid down:||April 15, 1926|
|Launched:||April 4, 1928|
|Commissioned:||1 July 1928|
|Fate:||Ceded to the Soviet Union as war reparation, March 1949|
|Fate:||Destroyed by fire in 1963|
|Displacement:||4.146 t (4 long tons) standard|
|Length:||100.5 m (329 ft 9 in)|
|Beam:||15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)|
|Draught:||7 m (23 ft 0 in)|
In 1925, the Regia Marina ordered two school ships to a design by General Lieutenant Francesco Rotundi of the Italian Navy Engineering Corps, inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line. The first, the Cristoforo Colombo, was put into service in 1928 and was used by the Italian Navy until 1943. After World War II, the ship was handed over to the Soviet Union as part of the war reparations demanded by the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, and was decommissioned in 1959.
The second ship was the Amerigo Vespucci, launched in 1931 and is still in service.
- "The Strange Fate of the Cristoforo Colombo". Around Naples Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 August 2011.