São Paulo was a dreadnought battleship in the Brazilian Navy, the
second of two ships in the Minas Geraes class. Launched in 1909 and
commissioned a year later, São Paulo was soon involved in the Revolt of
the Lash, in which crews on four Brazilian warships mutinied over poor
pay and harsh punishments for even minor offenses. In 1922 the ship
fired its guns in anger for the first time, attacking a fort that had
been taken during the Tenente revolts. Two years later, mutineers took
control of the ship and sailed to Montevideo where they obtained asylum.
In the 1930s, São Paulo was passed over for modernization. When Brazil
entered the Second World War, the ship sailed to the port of Recife and
remained there as the port's main defense for the duration of the war.
Stricken from the naval register in 1947, the dreadnought remained as a
training vessel until 1951, when it was taken under tow to be scrapped
in the United Kingdom. The tow lines broke during a strong gale in
November when the ships were 150 nmi (280 km; 170 mi) north of the
Azores, and São Paulo was lost.
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