Bahia (1909)

Bahia c.November, 1918. Brazilian Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1907
Launched
1909
Commissioned
1910
AD/BC
AD
History

Bahia was a 3,420 ton cruiser built for Brazil by Armstrong-Whitworth. She was laid down in 1907, and commissioned in 1910. Her crew mutinied less than six months later, along with those of other ships, in the Revolt of the Lash. Bahia conducted convoy escort in World War I, and underwent a major refit in the mid-20s. Her engines were converted to burn oil, rather than coal, resulting in an increased top speed, and Bahia received anti-aircraft guns and torpedoes to bolster her armament. During the rest of the 1920s and 30s, Bahia was engaged in honor guard and anti-revolutionary duties, traveling to the United States, Argentina, and Uruguay. Bahia returned to convoy escort and patrol duties after Brazil entered World War II. She was lost on 4 July, 1945, during anti-aircraft practice, when a gunner aimed too low and hit the depth charge rack with shots from one of the 20mm guns, sinking her in less than three minutes. Between twenty-eight and thirty-six survivors were pulled from the ocean four days later.

Bonus Photos

Bahia after her 1925-26 modernization. Brazilian Navy photo.