italian Italian Royal Navy - Regia Marina (1861-1946) RM Baleno (BO) (+1941)
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general
nationality italian
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Folgore class destroyer (it.)
Folgore class destroyer (it.) Folgore RM (+1942)
propulsion steam
date built 1931
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 1220  surface displacement  [*]
dimensions 96.16 x 9.3 x 3.11 m
material steel [*]
engine Steam turbines 2x shafts
armament 2 x 2: 4.7” (120mm) Gun 8 x 1: 20mm/65 A.A. Guns 2 x DCTs 2 x 3: 21” (533mm) torpedo tubes 54 x Mines
power 44000  s.h.p.
speed 38  knots
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 17/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Cantieri Navali Del Quarnaro - CNQ, Rijeka (Fiume)
owner
Italian Royal Navy - Regia Marina (1861-1946)
captain
complement 180~183
about the wreck
depth (m.)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 03/04/2009
last update Pablobini
last update 30/08/2010


[*] means that the value was inherited from Folgore RM (+1942), the reference for Folgore class destroyer (it.).
 
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Lettens Jan23/10/2010Battle of the Tarigo Convoy

On April 16th, 1941, an Italian convoy of five merchantmen (S/S Arta, S/S Adana and others) escorted by destroyers RM Luca Tarigo and RM Baleno was proceeding from Sicily to Tripoli when it was intercepted by the British 14th Flotilla comprising the destroyers Jervis, Janus, Mohawk and Nubian.

All the merchant ships as well as Luca Tarigo and Baleno were sunk with a heavy loss of life. The only British loss was the HMS Mohawk which was torpedoed and sank later.

Arta was later destroyed completely while beached by HMS Upholder.
Allen Tony22/05/2009BALENO RN
Italian Navy, destroyer; Built 1931; Cantieri Navali del Quarnaro; 1,220 tons; 315.5 X 30.5x10.2; 44,000 s.h.p.; 38 knots; turbine engines; 3-drum boilers; four 4.7 in. guns, four 37 mm., four 13 mm., 6 T.T.

On April 16th, 1941, an Italian convoy of five merchantmen escorted by destroyers Luca Tarigo and Baleno was proceeding from Sicily to Tripoli when it was intercepted by the British 14th Flotilla comprising the destroyers Jervis, Janus, Mohawk and Nubian. All the merchant ships as well as the escorting destroyers were sunk with a heavy loss of life. The only British loss was the Mohawk which was torpedoed and | sank later.
ref. used: 
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam


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