SMS Novara (1913)

Novara headed home in May, 1917, after the Battle of the Otranto Straits. Original believed to be in the public domain.

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Laid Down

SMS Novara was the lead of a three ship class of scout cruisers built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. Laid down in 1912, she commissioned 10 January, 1915. Her career was largely spent in raiding in the Adriatic, against the Allied blockade at the Strait of Otranto, and against the Italian coast, once Italy joined World War I. The highlight of the campaign for Novara was participating in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto, on the 14th-15th of May, 1917, when she was part of a small force that sank fourteen Allied trawlers. Novara was damaged by return fire in the engagement, and had to be towed home, but was put back into service. She was one of the loyalist ships that helped diffuse the Cattaro Mutiny in February, 1918, but saw no further action during the War. After the war, the Austro-Hungarians tried to give Novara to the Yugoslavians, but she was handed over to France as a prize. Novara was recommissioned into the French Navy as Thionville, and served as a training ship until 1932. She was decommissioned, and used as a barracks ship in Toulon until 1941, when she was scrapped.