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Amiral Baudin as built

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Amiral Baudin     Arsenal de Brest 10/1879 5/6/1883 12/1888 hulk 1909
Formidable     Arsenal de Lorient 9/1879 16/4/1885 2/1889 stricken 1911


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

11720

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

101.0 wl

Breadth, m

21.3

Draught, m

8.46 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VC, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

Amiral Baudin: 8400

Formidable: 9700

Max speed, kts

Amiral Baudin: 15

Formidable: 16

Fuel, t

coal 790

Endurance, nm(kts)

Amiral Baudin: 3000(10)

Formidable: 3200(10)

Armour, mm

steel and compound; belt: 550 - 350, barbettes: 400, tubes: 400, shields: 30, deck: 100 - 75, CT: 120 - 80

Armament

Amiral Baudin: 3 x 1 - 370/28 M1875-79, 4 x 1 - 165/30 M1884, 8 x 1 - 139/28 M1881, 4 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 1 x 5 - 47/20 M1885, 14 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 6 - 380 TT (1 bow, 4 beam, 1 stern, aw)

Formidable: 3 x 1 - 370/28 M1875-79, 4 x 1 - 165/30 M1884, 10 x 1 - 139/28 M1881, 1 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 12 x 5 - 47/20 M1885, 18 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 6 - 380 TT (1 bow, 4 beam, 1 stern, aw)

Complement

Amiral Baudin: 625

Formidable: 650



Standard scale images


<i>Amiral Baudin</i> 1888
Amiral Baudin 1888
<i>Formidable </i>1902
Formidable 1902


Graphics


<i>Amiral Baudin </i>as built
Amiral Baudin as built
<i> Formidable</i>
Formidable
<i> Formidable </i>after refit
Formidable after refit


Ship project history


With this class there was a return to the high-freeboard barbette ship with pronounced ram bow and considerable tumblehome.The 370mm guns had about the same performance as the early British 343mm weapons. They were 71.4t Creusot in Baudin and 75.1t St Chamond in Formidable and were in 3 single barbettes on the centreline, forward, midships and aft. The 165mm were in fore and aft main deck sponsons and the 139mm on the main deck. Both ships had military foremasts but differed in Formidable having a larger funnel. Their chief fault was the large area of unprotected side from just above the waterline.

Ship protection


The steel belt was complete and 2.2m wide but only about 0.3m above water; amidships it was 550mm tapering to 500mm at the upper edge and 400mm at the lower, while forward it was 390-350mm and aft 350mm. The shallow barbettes were compound with steel ammunition tubes. The armour deck was at the belt upper edge slightly crowned on the centreline and was 100-75mm steel. 

Modernizations


1898, Amiral Baudin: - 1 x 1 - 370/28 (midships), 8 x 1 - 139/28, 12 x 5 - 47/40, 12 x 5 - 37/20, 2 - 380 TT (beam); + 4 x 1 - 165/30 M1884, 8 x 1 - 139/45 M1887, 2 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 16 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 6 x 1 - 37/20 M1885

1898, Formidable: - 1 x 1 - 370/28 (midships), 2 - 380 TT (beam); + 4 x 1 - 165/30 M1884

Naval service


No significant events.