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GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIA (ex-CITTA DE MESSINA)
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Notes: The former merchant ship CITTA DE MESSINA (launched in December, 1923), the GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIA was converted to a seaplane carrier at La Spezia in 1924-27. She was to carry four large and 16 small aircraft. The superstructure was built up flush with the sides and extended fore and aft to form hangars. Catapults were located on the centerline above the forecastle and poop decks, to which aircraft could be transferred from the flat hangar roofs. Aircraft were recovered through doors in the hangar sides by means of gantries mounted above the doors. After completion, the GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIA was used extensively for catapult launching experiments. During World War II, she was classified as an aircraft transport, but was mainly used as a training ship in home waters. The GIUSEPPE MIRAGLIA was surrendered at Malta in 1943, where she served as a depot ship for Italian auxiliaries and submarines. Her subsequent fate is unknown.