russian Russian Navy - Soviet Navy - Soviet Union (1918-1991) Novorossiysk (Новороссийск) (+1955)
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nationality russian
purpose war
type battleship
subtype/class Conte di Cavour class battleship (it.)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1910
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 28800  grt
dimensions 168.9 x 28 x 10.4 m
material steel
engine 4 x steam turbines, 20 boilers, 4 shafts
armament 10 × 320/44 mm, 12 × 120/50 mm, 8 × 100/47 mm, 30 × 37/67 mm (12 × 2, 6 × 1)
power 31000  s.h.p.
speed 28  knots
about the loss
cause lost explosion
date lost 29/10/1955  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.608rank: 197
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builder
G. Ansaldo & Co., Sestri Ponente (Genoa)
last owner
[1]Russian Navy - Soviet Navy - Soviet Union (1918-1991)
Novorossiysk (Новороссийск) (+1955)
period 1949 ~ 1955
prev. owners
[2]Italian Royal Navy - Regia Marina (1861-1946)
Julius Ceasar
period 1911 ~ 1928
captain Parkhomenko, Victor
complement 1236
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 07/10/2010
last update Lettens Jan
last update 29/10/2011
 
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Lettens Jan29/10/2011Originally built as the Giulio Cesare for the Italian Royal Navy, she was given to Russia in 1948 as a war compensation. The Soviet Navy recommissioned the battleship as the Novorossiysk (Новороссийск) and she served as a flagship of the Black Sea Fleet and later as a training vessel.

Why so many were killed is due to the incompetence of her Captain, who estimated his ship could not capsize after the explosion and ordered his crew back in their compartements, but she eventually did. This blunder was, of course, kept secret by the Sovjets and it only became known to the world in the late 1980s.
Allen Tony07/10/2010On 29th October 1955, the Novorossiysk was moored in Sevastopol Bay, 300 meters (1000 feet) from shore and opposite a hospital. At 1:30am, an explosion of undetermined origin occurred. The Novorossiysk capsized and sank with the loss of 608 sailors.

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 G. Ansaldo & Co., Sestri Ponente (Genoa)
Ansaldo was one of Italy's oldest and most important engineering companies, existing for 140 years from 1853 to 1993, with the main shipyard in Genoa (Sestri Ponente)

 
 
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