Sunday, 12 March 2017

Ships of the Nationalist and Republican Navies during the Spanish Civil War: Sicilia (LT 18)/MAS 223 Motor Torpedo Boat

MAS 223 was built in 1918 for the Royal Italian Navy, and was transferred to the Nationalist Navy on 26th April 1937. She was renamed Sicilia and given the number LT 18.

Ship's characteristics:
  • Displacement: 12.9 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 53' 10" (16.4m)
    • Beam: 9' 6" (2.8m)
    • Draught: 4' 7" (1.3m)
  • Maximum Speed: 28 knots
  • Armament: 1 x 2.2" (57 mm) (1 x 1); 1 x 0.25" (6.5 mm) Machine Gun (1 x 1); 2 x 17.7" (450 mm) Torpedo Launchers
  • Complement: 8
She survived the Civil War, and was stricken and broken-up in March 1941.

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