s.m.s. szent istvan - 3d model:

Project Started: August 2007
Project Completed: October 2007

The Szent Istvan 3D model was created by modifying the Viribus Unitis 3D model. The project was initiated by a request from InterSpot Film to produce a 3D model for their documentary "DEATH AT DAWN - THE EMPEROR'S LAST BATTLESHIP SZENT ISTVAN".  The model was then sent to Industrial Motion and Art where they prepared the model for animation and texturing. My congratulations to them for doing a fantastic job.

Modifications were conducted over a 2-3 month period with some of the following changes:

- Creation of a headlight platform encompassing the two funnels.
- Removal of the turret gun doors and replaced with blast bags.
- Height of the funnels increased, and bomb deflector cages added.
- Propulsion changed from 4-shaft to 2-shaft.
- Removal of platforms on either side of the bridge.
Modified ventilator trunk in front of the mainmast

Szent Istvan sinking on 10 June 1918

The last moments of Szent Istvan on 10 June 1918

vintage film:

Here is film footage of the sinking of the Szent Istvan on 10 June 1918 after she was hit by 2 torpedoes from an Italian MAS torpedo boat. You will need a QuickTime viewer to watch these films:

Szent Istvan - sinking 10 June 1918 - film #1
Szent Istvan - sinking 10 June 1918 - film #2 (extended footage)


Interspot Films
Industrial Motion and Art (computer renderings)
Stephan Mussel - Director of Photography (movie image clips)

Ship statistics:

Builder:Ganz & Company, Fiume
Laid Down: 29 January 1912
Launched: 17 January 1914
Commissioned: 17 November 1915
Sunk: 10 June 1918
Sister Ships: Tegetthoff, Prinz Eugen, Viribus Unitis
Displacement: 20,000 tons standard
21,600 tons max
Length: 152 m (498 ft 8 in)
Beam: 27.9 m (91 ft 6 in)
Draft: 8.7 m (28 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: Twelve Babcock & Wilcox boilers fitted with two AEG Curtis steam turbines totalling 26,400 shp on two shafts.
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 4,200 nmi (7,800 km) at 10 knots (12 mph/19 km/h) 
Complement: 1,087
Armament: 12 × 12-inch (305 mm) guns in triple turrets
12 × 5.9-inch (150 mm) guns in single casemates
18 × 11 pdr guns in single mountings
4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Armor: Belt : 6 - 11 inches
Turrets : 2 - 11 inches
Deck : 1.2 - 2 inches
Casemates : 4.7 inches


The following is from the Free Encyclopedia – Wikipedia.org on the Szent Istvan Battleship


Szent István was laid down on 29 January 1912 at Ganz & Company's Danubius yard at Fiume, (the only large Hungarian shipyard), was launched on 17 January 1914, and not named Szent Istvan until 13 December 1915. This involved great expense, as the yard had hitherto only built relatively smaller merchant ships for, amongst others, Austrian Lloyd, and therefore had to be itself re-fitted for the building of larger vessels.

She differed from her three sister-ships in that she had a platform built around the fore funnel which extended from the bridge to the after funnel and on which several searchlights were installed. A further distinguishing feature was the modified ventilator trunk in front of the mainmast. She was the only ship of her class not to be fitted with torpedo nets.

Based at Pola she engaged in the usual patrols and bombardments along the Italian coast. 


At 3.30 a.m. on the morning of 10 June 1918, in the company of SMS Tegetthoff and seven other ships en route to attack the Otranto Barrage, Szent Istvan was hit by two 45 cm torpedoes launched from the Italian MAS-15 Motor Torpedo Boat under Corvette Captain Luigi Rizzo. Many of the 1,087 crew were asleep, getting rested for the battle expected in a few hours. Immediate chaos soon changed into frantic efforts to save the vessel which was rapidly shipping water. The Tegetthoff, which had at first sped away from the vicinity of the torpedo attack, returned and took the Szent Istvan in tow, in an attempt to reach the massive dry dock at Pula. However the pumps were unequal to the task before them and the ship continued to slowly list, sinking at 6.12 a.m. It is said she sank easily due to faults in the Tegetthoff class design: relatively low displacement and high centre of gravity, together with the tremendous weight of twelve 305 mm (12-inch) main guns. There were, however, only 89 dead, partly attributed to the fact that all sailors with the KuK had to learn to swim before entering active service.

There is film footage of the last half-hour of the Szent Istvan, taken by Lieutenant Mensburger from the Tegetthoff. The Szent István is one of only three battleships whose sinking was filmed, together with HMS BarhamTemplate:WP Ships HMS instances and USS ArizonaTemplate:WP Ships USS instances. The Szent István film was later used to raise money for the Red Cross.