SMS Szent Istvan

Croatia,Adriatic Sea

Szent Istvan was the last of a total of four dreadnought battleships that was built for the Imperial Austria-Hungarian navy. She didn't see much fighting due to the Entente blockade between Brindisi and Corfu. In June 1918 it was decided to break through that blockade. Together with three other battleships she was to force herself though the blocade, but the plan was cancelled after both she and her sister ship Tegetthoff was attacked in the morning 10.June 1918. They were both engaged by the Italian MTB`s MAS 15 and MAS 21. Tegetthoff avoided the assault and got away but Szent Istvan got hit by two 450mm torpedoes from MAS-15. A few hours later she capsized outside the island of Premuda in today's Croatia. 89 men of the crew perished. The sinking was the first ever filmed warship being sunk, and the movie clip of her sinking has been seen by millions through history. She rest today upside-down as heavy warships usually do in two parts on a depth of 65 meter. Items raised from the wreck can be seen today at the Historical and Maritime museum in Pula.

Former names:
SMS Szent Istvan

499,3 x 91,1 x 28,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
20008 displ Fiume ( AH ) 1914 Pola ( AH )

Picture: SMS Szent Istvan
Courtesy of HTKA.HU
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