Soviet training ship Dunay

Dunay was a tall ship serving with the Soviet Navy, first launched as Cristoforo Colombo, laid at the Castellammare yards on 15 April 1926. It was destroyed in a fire in 1963.[1]

Cristoforo Colombo in Italian service
Name: Cristoforo Colombo
Namesake: Christopher Columbus
Laid down: 15 April 1926
Launched: 4 April 1928
Commissioned: 1 July 1928
Fate: Ceded to the Soviet Union as war reparation, March 1949
Name: Dunay
Acquired: 1949
Struck: 1959
Fate: Destroyed by fire in 1963
General characteristics
Displacement: 4.146 t (4 long tons) standard
Length: 100.5 m (329 ft 9 in)
Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
Draught: 7 m (23 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: sail
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 400


In 1925, the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) ordered two school ships to a design by General Lieutenant Francesco Rotundi of the Italian Navy Engineering Corps, inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-gun ships of the line. The first, Cristoforo Colombo, was put into service in 1928 and was used by the Regia Marina until 1943. After World War II, the ship was handed over to the Soviet Union as part of the war reparations demanded by the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, and was decommissioned in 1959.

The second ship was Amerigo Vespucci, launched in 1931 and is still in service.

See also


  1. "The Strange Fate of the Cristoforo Colombo". Around Naples Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
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