Help.....San Giorgio

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I have a request from a friend in the computer games mod making world, he is trying to find as much info on the Italian Heavy Cruiser San Giorgio e.g. photos, dimensions or better yet a set of blue prints. So far he has found very little of use and asked me if i knew anyone that could help point him in the right direction so i thought of you guys on here.
I know its a long shot but if anyone can help with ideas of where we can try looking other than the normal Google searches that would be awesome.

Thanks in advance for any help.

TTFN Matt
 

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Hers an Idea, have your friend contact the Italian government and as them for the blue prints, the plans are what 50 years old. Its not like they are a state secret anymore. unless you men the Sailing ship, that one is a couple of hundred.
 

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Hi, fubar,

I thought of my sources for online naval research (naval gazing, as it were, heh heh).

One source I use a lot is the US Navy's Historical Section's website:

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org11-2.htm

Unfortunately, though they have areas devoted to the navies of other countries, they don't appear to have anything on the Italian navy (Regia Marina).

Another source I use is navsource.org, but I'm getting browser errors now when I try to navigate to www.navsource.org. I can't remember offhand, though, if they have info on foreign navies.

Another place to post your question is the Ship Model Forum, http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/ I ran a search there on "san giorgio" and it returned two articles on reference books, and the San Giorgio was listed in both articles. Here is the page to my search results:

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/search.php?keywords=san+giorgio&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search

I also think of Squadron, and Osprey. They may have books on Italian heavy cruisers.

As far as contacting the Italian government goes, the Italian navy may still have the blueprints archived, but I would be surprised if they do. I suspect that many documents from the Fascist period may have destroyed. But they're ship plans, so, who knows? It's worth a shot.
 

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A followup...

There is a Wikipedia article on the RM's San Giorgio, with a line drawing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_cruiser_San_Giorgio

Also, it appears that the modern Italian navy has a ship named "San Giorgio" as well:

http://navaltoday.com/2014/10/28/its-san-giorgio-assigned-as-flagship-for-29th-naval-group/

But you did specify, heavy cruiser, so, the sources I cited, especially the Ship Modeler's Forum, may be helpful.

Hope that all helps!
 

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I just saw this auction on eBay, it's Warship Pictorials' number on Italian heavy cruisers:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WARSHIP-PICTORIAL-23-ITALIAN-HEAVY-CRUISERS-OF-WORLD-WAR-II-/390515202911?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item5aec851b5f

I would have sworn that Squadron has an "In Action" volume on Italian heavy cruisers, but I can't find it now.
 

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