fighting ships of the world



CARNOT battleship (1897)

Carnot 1897 drawing from www.shipbucket.com

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Carnot   Arsenal de Toulon 7/1891 12/7/1894 7/1897 stricken 10/1919


Displacement normal, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

114.0 pp ~119.0 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



VTE, 24 Lagrafel d`Allest boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

coal 980

Endurance, nm(kts)


Armour, mm

Nickel steel; belt: 450 - 250, upper belt: 100, main turrets: up to 380, turret bases: up to 150, secondary turrets: 100, CT: 230, deck: 70


2 x 1 - 305/45 M1887, 2 x 1 - 274/45 M1887, 8 x 1 - 139/45 M1887, 4 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 12 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 8 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 4 - 450 TT (beam, 2 aw, 2 sub)



Ship project history: In essentials a sister ship of Charles Martel but differing in hull form and ihp. She was also dissimilar in appearance, with no flying deck, and to save weight the bridges were cut down and the military mainmast removed. The funnels were more widely spaced and the fore funnel larger than the after one.

Ship protection: Complete main belt was 2.3m high (underwater part was 1.8m). Its thickness was 450mm amidships at the upper edge tapering to 250mm at the lower edge. These digits were 300 and 250mm at ship ends. Complete 100mm upper belt had 3.0m height fwd, 1.2m amidships and 2.0m aft. Arched armour deck was connected with upper edge of main belt and sloped down at the bows. Its maximal strength was 70mm on 10mm plating. Second deck (with up to 25mm thickness) laid 0.8m under main deck, space between these decks was divided into many small compartments, filled with coal or stores.

Modernizations: early 1900s: - 2 - 450 TT (aw); + 4 x 1 - 47/40 M1885.

Naval service: No significant events.


Carnot 1900


Ivan Gogin, 2008-14