SMS Saida (1912)

Saida, shortly after completion in 1914. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1911
Launched
1912
Commissioned
1914
Decommissioned
1937
AD/BC
AD
History

Laid down in 1911, SMS Saida was an Austro-Hungarian Novara-class scout cruiser. Commissioned 1 August, 1914, she was just in time for World War I, and spent her time as a destroyer flotilla leader. She saw combat in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto, 14-15 May, 1917, during which she set three drifters afire, and towed her sister Novara back to port after the latter was disabled. Saida was surrendered to Italy post-War, and was put into service with the Regia Marina, one of the few Austro-Hungarian ships to do so, rather than be scrapped outright. Renamed Venezia, she received an updated anti-aircraft armament, but was otherwise left unmodified. Venezia was converted to a barracks ship in 1930, and scrapped in 1937.