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Fusée

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Flamme     Arsenal de Cherbourg 6/1883 8/1885 4/1887 stricken 1906
Fusée     Arsenal de Lorient 10/1882 7/5/1884 12/1885 stricken 1910
Grenade     Arsenal de Lorient 1884 18/10/1888 1889 stricken 1906
Mitraille     Arsenal de Rochefort 1883 3/7/1886 2/1888 stricken 1910


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

1073 - 1124

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

50.3 wl

Breadth, m

9.90

Draught, m

3.15 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VC, 3 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

1500

Max speed, kts

12.5

Fuel, t

coal 118

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mm

Flamme, Mitraille: compound; belt: 240 - 100, barbette: 200 - 120, deck: 50

Fusée, Grenade: steel; belt: 240 - 100, barbette: 200 - 120, deck: 50

Armament

1 x 1 - 240/29 M1881, 1 x 1 - 90/28 M1881, 4 x 5 - 37/20 M1885

Complement

89



Standard scale images


<i>Fusée</i> 1885
Fusée 1885


Graphics


<i>Mitraille</i>
Mitraille
<i>Fusée</i>
Fusée
<i>Flamme</i>
Flamme


Ship project history


Small armoured ships for coast defence.

Ship protection


These vessels had a complete belt 0.8m wide increased to 1.2m at the ram. The upper edge was 240mm forward, 200mm amidships and 120mm aft, and the lower edge 180mm, 120mm and 100mm. There was a 50mm deck at the belt upper edge, but the barbette for the 240mm gun had no shield.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.