SMS Saida

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SMS Saida 1917
SMS Saida 1917
Ship data
flag Austria-HungaryAustria-Hungary (naval war flag) Austria-Hungary Italy (1920–1937)
ItalyKingdom of Italy (trade flag) 
other ship names


Ship type Small cruiser
class Helgoland class
Shipyard Cantiere Navale Triestino, Trieste
Keel laying September 9, 1911
Launch October 26, 1912
Commissioning August 1, 1914
Whereabouts Wrecked in 1937
Ship dimensions and crew
130.64 m ( Lüa )
width 12.79 m
Draft Max. 4.6 m
displacement Construction: 3,500 t
crew 340 men
Machine system
machine 16 Yarrow boilers,
2 Melms-Pfenninger turbines
29,000 PS (21,329 kW)
27 kn (50 km / h)
propeller 2 screws
  • Belt: up to 60 mm
  • Deck: 20 mm

SMS Saida was a rapid cruiser ( small cruiser ) of the kuk Kriegsmarine . She was the (numerically) second unit of the improved Admiral Spaun - or Helgoland class and the third ship, which was named after a battle at Saida that had taken place during the Orient Crisis of 1840. The Saida served in the First World War and then under the name Venezia in the Italian Navy before it was scrapped in 1937.

Building history

Identical to the type ship SMS Helgoland , the Saida was laid on September 9, 1911 at Cantiere Navale Triestino in Monfalcone . The launch took place on October 26, 1912 and the commissioning on August 1, 1914. Although the keel of the Saida was laid six weeks before the Helgoland , she was not considered the type ship , as the building permit for the Helgoland was the first to be granted .


  • Cannot be used from commissioning until May 1915 due to problems with the machinery.
  • May 23, 1915: Advance with the entire kuk fleet to the east coast of Italy. Bombardment of Porto Corsini
  • August 17, 1915: In association with SMS Helgoland, the island of Pelagosa is bombarded .
  • 22./23. November 1915: In association with SMS Helgoland reconnaissance in the Strait of Otranto
  • 5th / 6th December 1915: In association with SMS Helgoland reconnaissance in the Strait of Otranto
  • 14./15. May 1917: In association with SMS Novara and SMS Helgoland attack on the security vehicles of the Otranto barrier . Six net trawlers are sunk. On the way back sea ​​battle with the British cruisers HMS Bristol and HMS Dartmouth , the Italian cruiser Marsala and Italian destroyers. The Novara, immobile after the boiler room hit , was towed and brought to Cattaro . (Own losses: after 3 hits, three men wounded.)
  • Then repair in Pola
  • June 9, 1918: In the bay of Cattaro , an association of two cruisers, SMS Admiral Spaun and SMS Saida , and three torpedo boats are put together as attack group B. The goal is the Otranto lock. Due to the meanwhile sinking of the battleship SMS Szent István , the company is called off.
  • in October 1918 the ship is in Pola and is captured by the Italians at the end of the war.


At the end of January 1920, the ship was awarded to Italy by the Allied naval delegation . On September 19, 1920 it was enlisted in the Italian Navy as Venezia . From July 4, 1930 to March 16, 1935, the ship lay deactivated in Genoa. It was then used as a barge in Genoa until March 11, 1937, when it was sold for scrapping.

Technical specifications

  • Water displacement: 3444.88 ts / 3946.85ts max
  • Length: 129.65 m
  • Width: 12.77 m
  • Draft: 4.95 m
  • Drive: 16 Yarrow water tube boilers, two Melms-Pfenninger turbines - two screws
  • Power: 29000 WPS
  • Top speed: 27 knots
  • Armament: 9 × 10 cm L / 50 K / 10 cannons from Škoda - 6 × 53.3 cm surface torpedo tubes in twin sets
  • Armor: belt - 60 mm, deck - 20 mm, protective shields - 40 mm, navigating bridge - 50 mm
  • Crew: 350 men
  • Annotation:

For the sake of authenticity, the place names are given in the spelling of the Imperial and Royal Navy. The links refer to today's conditions.


  • Erwin S. Sieche: The cruisers of the k. and k. Navy (= naval arsenal with international naval news and naval overview 27). Podzun-Pallas et al., Wölfersheim-Berstadt et al. 1994, ISBN 3-7909-0506-2 .

Web links

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