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Generale Antonio Cantore photographed in 1941 in Kotor following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia.
|Builders:||Cantieri navali Odero|
|Preceded by:||Rosolino Pilo class|
|Succeeded by:||Curtatone class|
|Length:||73.2 m (240 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)|
|Draught:||3 m (9 ft 10 in)|
|Installed power:||16,000 hp (12,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||4 boilers and 2 turbines, 2 axes|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Range:||2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) at 14 kn (26 km/h)|
The Generali-class destroyer was a class of Italian destroyers, built as a development of the Rosolino Pilo-class destroyer. They were the last ships of the Regia Marina (Italian Navy), fitted with three stacks. In 1929, being obsolete, units were reclassified as torpedo boats, and in this role served during Second World War.
The class was built between 1921 and 1924, ordered from Cantieri navali Odero, Sestri Ponente. The ships were able to reach 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) of top speed, an improvement respect the previous class Rosolino Pilo. Their displacement was 832 tons (normal) and 890 tons (full load). Their armament initially was composed of three 102-millimetre (4 in)/45 calibre guns (an Italian version of the QF 4 inch Mk V) and two 76 mm (3.0 in) L30 guns, and four 450 mm (18 in) torpedo launchers. In 1936 ships were enabled with minesweeping equipment, and the 76 mm guns were replaced by twin cannons Breda Model 35.
The class was known also by name of his first unit, Generale Antonio Cantore. All other ships were dedicated to Italian generals. All ships were built by Cantieri navali Odero at Sestri Ponente. None of them survived the war.
|Generale Antonio Cantore||23 April 1921||Sunk by a mine off Ras el Tin Libya, 22 August 1942|
|Generale Antonio Cascino||18 March 1922||Scuttled 9 September 1943|
|Generale Antonio Chinotto||7 Aug 1921||Sunk by Mines off Palermo, 28 March 1941|
|Generale Carlo Montanari||4 October 1922||Scuttled 25 April 1944|
|Generale Marcello Prestinari||4 July 1922||Sunk by a mine near Sicily, 31 January 1943|
|Generale Achille Papa||8 December 1921||Captured by the Germans, Sunk 25 April 1945|