Brazilian battleship São Paulo


Brazilian battleship São Paulo

The Brazilian battleship "São Paulo" (named after the City of São Paulo, Portuguese for "St. Paul") was built between 1907-1909, and commissioned in July 1910. Built by Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom, it was an early dreadnought. It carried a main armament of twelve convert|12|in|mm|0|sing=on main guns mounted two per turret, and could fire from all sides.

The "São Paulo" was a member of the two-ship "Minas Gerais" class, which were powered by reciprocating engines with coal fired boilers. Both of these vessels were built in an attempt to enhance the Brazilian naval power in South America. Their completion sparked a mini South American naval race, however this quickly ended upon the outbreak of World War I.

When Brazil declared war on Germany in 1917, the "São Paulo" was sent to the US for a major refit prior to joining the Grand Fleet in Great Britain. However, the refit was not completed until 1920, by which time World War I had ended, therefore the ship never fired its guns in anger. It was decommissioned in 1946, and its hull was sold to British breakers in 1951. While being towed across the Atlantic, a heavy gale convert|150|nmi|km from the Azores caused the tow ropes to snap, and the ship has never been sighted again. In 1954 her sister ship was successfully towed to Italy and scrapped.

References

*Conway's "All the World's Fighting Ships, 1906-1921"


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Brazilian aircraft carrier São Paulo (A12) — For the 1909 dreadnought, see Brazilian battleship São Paulo …   Wikipedia

  • São Paulo (disambiguation) — São Paulo (Portuguese for Saint Paul) is the capital city of the state of São Paulo in Brazil.São Paulo may also refer to:* São Paulo (state), one of the states of Brazil * São Paulo Athletic Club, a defunct Brazilian football (soccer) team * São …   Wikipedia

  • São Paulo — This article is about the city. For the state, see São Paulo (state). For other uses, see São Paulo (disambiguation). São Paulo   Municipality   Município de São Paulo Municipality of São Paulo …   Wikipedia

  • Brazilian battleship Minas Geraes — For the aircraft carrier, see Brazilian aircraft carrier Minas Gerais. Minas Geraes at sea, probably in 1909 Career (Brazil) …   Wikipedia

  • Brazilian Navy — Marinha do Brasil Brazilian Navy Seal Active 1822 – today …   Wikipedia

  • Brazilian aircraft carrier Minas Gerais — For the battleship, see Brazilian battleship Minas Geraes. Minas Gerais Career (Brazil) …   Wikipedia

  • Minas Geraes-class battleship — Minas Geraes at speed during her sea trials. This photo is commonly misidentified as São Paulo, but was taken before she entered service.[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Minas Gerais class battleship — The Minas Gerais class battleships were built in British shipyards for the Brazilian Navy. DesignThe Minas Gerais class were ordered in 1906, just as the HMS Dreadnought was completing trials and was about to be commissioned. Consequently, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Portal:Battleships — Wikipedia portals: Culture Geography Health History Mathematics Natural sciences People Philosophy Religion Society Technology American Civil War · American Revolutionary War · …   Wikipedia

  • French aircraft carrier Clemenceau (R98) — Career (France) …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.