BNS Bahia (CLA-1910 (1937-mod))


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Brazil had ordered 2 scout cruisers as part of their rearmament package of 1904. The ships were sourced in Britain. The design was taken from the equivalent Royal Navy Adventure class cruisers. The 4" of the Adventures were replaced with 4.7" and when completed these ships were the fastest cruisers in the world at 26.5 knots. Like all of the pre-war ships these 3 were assessed as to whether serious money should be spent on them to upgrade the ships to more useful units.

All three ships proved to be in excellent condition and were sent off to British shipyards for refurbishment. The rebuilding was to turn the ships into anti-aircraft cruisers that could also act as escorts to the older capital ships. This included replacing the engines and boilers with new units which required the fitting of a new funnel the ships going from two low funnels to 3 higher funnels.

BNS Bahia as completed 1910 with two funnels and single 4.7" guns.


Displacement 3400 tons std, 4,300 tons full load
Length 405 ft
Breadth 42 ft
Draught 14 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 26,000shp
Speed 28 knots
Range 5500 miles at 12 knots
Armour 2" side, 1" deck
Armament 8 x 4.5" (4x2)

8 x 2pd (2x4)

10 x 20mm (1x2 8x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 4 x 21" (2x2)
Complement 345
Notes BNS Bahia

BNS Rio Grande do Sol

BNS Ceara


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