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Destroyer Tserigo
Fidonisi Type / Kerch Class

The Fidonisy Type, also known as the Kerch class, were a group of eight destroyers built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Imperial Russian Navy during World War I. They participated in World War I, the Russian Civil War, and World War II.

In early 1914, several months before the beginning of World War I, the construction of a third series of eight destroyers based on Novik for the Black Sea Fleet was proposed by the Naval Ministry in response to a perceived strengthening of the Ottoman Navy. The Fidonisy Type ships were designed as an improved version of the Derzky class destroyers with an additional 102-mm gun.

Destroyer Tserigo 15 July 1915 is enlisted in the lists of the ships of the Imperial Black Sea Fleet. Laid down in 1915 at the Russud Shipyard, Nikolaev, launched on 27 March 1917.

Construction halted after the Russian Revolution and on 17 March 1918 the shipyard was captured by German troops, followed by the Ukrainian People's Army and the White Armed Forces of South Russia. When a White commission examined her, they deemed her 93% complete, as piping, armament, and torpedo tubes had not yet been installed.

In January 1920, as the Red Army approached Nikolayev, the unfinished destroyer was towed to Odessa and then to Sevastopol. Its armament was never installed nor did it enter service. On 14 November 1920 she was towed from Crimea with Wrangel's fleet during the White evacuation of the peninsula. After landing evacuees in Istanbul, she was again towed to Bizerte, Tunisia, where she was interned by the French on 29 December. The Whites sold her for scrap in 1923. Following the French recognition of the Soviet Union, her Imperial Russian naval jack was lowered and the crew left the destroyer on 29 October 1924 when the French declared her to be Soviet property. Due to the state of Franco-Soviet relations, however, the ship was never returned to the Soviet Union and in the late 1920s the Soviet scrapmetal trust Rudmetallorg sold the hulk to a French firm for scrapping. Tserigo rusted in Bizerte until 1934, when she was scrapped in place by a French company.

Displacement (tons):
Full load:1580
Dimensions (m):
Speed (knots):31,4
Range:1850 nmi
Propulsion:5 Thornycroft boilers, 2 steam turbines, 29000 shp (22000 kW), 2 shafts
Armament:4x1 102-mm guns
2x1 40-mm Vickers AA guns
4x1 7,62-mm machine guns
4x3 450-mm torpedo tubes
80 mines


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