Dante Alighieri (1910)

Dante Alighieri in March, 1914. Note how close the funnel tops are to the bridge. This would not be modified until the 1920s. Author unknown, believed to be public domain due to age.

Ship Class
Laid Down

Laid down in 1909 in Castellammare di Stabia,  Dante Alighieri was Italy's first dreadnought. Commissioned into the Regia Marina in 1913, Dante spent part of her first year conducting trials with Curtis floatplanes. She saw no combat during World War I, remaining in port most of the time, and not encountering the Austrian Navy the rest of it. She was used by King Victor Emmanuel III to entertain delegates to the Genoa Conference of 1922, and survived the Washington Naval Treaty. In 1924, Dante was equipped with a tripod mast and new fire control equipment, which was later copied onto the Conte di Cavour-class, and resumed experiments with aircraft operations. Reductions to the naval budget in the late 1920s, due to a weak Italian economy, saw Dante Alighieri ordered scrapped in 1928.

Bonus Photos

Drawing of Dante Alighieri in Brassey's Naval Annual from 1923. Her 305mm (12") guns were in triple turrets, uncommon for the time.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: To date, Dante Alighieri is the only battleship named for a poet.