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Generali-class destroyer

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Generale Antonio Cantore photographed in 1941 in Kotor following the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia.
Class overview
Name: Generali class
Builders: Cantieri navali Odero
Preceded by: Rosolino Pilo class
Succeeded by: Curtatone class
Planned: 5
Completed: 5
Lost: 5
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 832 tons (normal)
  • 890 tons (full load)
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)
Complement: 105

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.[1]

Generale Marcello Prestinari - 1923


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.

Ship Launched Fate
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



  1. ^ "Generale Antonio Cantore destroyers (1921 - 1922) - Regia Marina (Italy)". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  2. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-1922