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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

CONVERTED MERCHANT SHIPS

auxiliary patrol vessels of WWII

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

P11 Cap Nord 1926 // 1939 CNF, Blainville 1033 64.3ppx10.4x6.0 10.5 1 VTE, 950 3 x 1 - 100/45 captured by Germany 1942 (UJ2207)
P17 Cap Fagnet 1926 // 1939 CNF, Blainville 1017 64.3ppx10.4x6.0 10.5 1 VTE, 950 3 x 1 - 100/45 paid off 12/1940
P28 Heureux 1930 // 1939 CNF, Blainville 1116 64.2ppx10.4x6.1 10 1 VTE, 800 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 paid off 8/1940
P29 Groënland 1930 // 1939 Cox, Falmouth, UK 1178 65.7ppx10.6x5.5 10 1 VTE, 325 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 captured by UK 3/7/1940
P37 Jutland 1934 // 1939 Frederikshavn Vaerft, Denmark 1160 66.3ppx10.9x6.0 11 1 diesel, 1000 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 40 DC paid off 10/1940
P38 Mercéditta 1934 // 1939 A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët, Grand Quevilly 1160 66.6ppx10.5x5.9 12 1 diesel, 1000 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 paid off 12/1940
P40 Président Houduce 1930 // 1939 Cox, Falmouth, UK 1178 65.7ppx10.6x5.5 10 1 diesel, 925 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 FNFL 1940, paid off 5/1945
P41 Vikings 1935 // 1939 Hall Russell, Aberdeen, UK 1150 63.7ppx10.5x5.5 11 1 VTE, 1250 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 captured by UK 3/7/1940, FNFL 1941, sunk 17/4/1942
P42 Minerva 1937 // 1939 A C de St-Nazaire-Penhoët, Grand Quevilly 1148 66.6ppx10.5x5.9 12 1 diesel, 1000 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37 paid off 9/1940
P43 Sergent Gouarne 1928 // 1939 Stülcken, Steinwerder, Germany 1146 66.3ppx10.1x5.7 10.5 1 VTE, 850 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 1 DCT, 2 DCR sunk 26/3/1943
P45 Aspirant Brun 1928 // 1939 Stülcken, Steinwerder, Germany 1131 66.3ppx10.1x5.7 10.5 1 VTE, 850 3 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 1 DCT, 2 DCR mercantile 1944
P82 Vivagel 1927 // 1940 CNF, Blainville 1096 63.4ppx10.3x5.2 10 1 VTE, 1000   conversion cancelled 1940

100 - 1000 BRT

P10 Casoar (1935, 580, 1939 - 1940), P12 Capricorne (1921, 741, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 8/1940), P13 Victoria (1928, 849, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 12/1940, 1941 - 8/11/1942), P14 Vaillant (1921, 916, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P15 Clairvoyant (1922, 943, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 10/1940), P16 Hardi II (1921, 916, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 10/1940), P18 Terre Neuve (1921, 780, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 6/7/1940), P30 Capitaine Armand (1920, 584, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - early 1941), P31 Alfred (1930s, , , 1939 - 9/1939), P32 Téméraire II (1926, 965, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 9/1940), P33 Atlantique (1920, 659, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P34 Asie (1914, 551, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P36 Patrie (1920, 753, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P39 Reine des Flots (1923, 849, 3 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940, 1941 - 1946), P46 Aiglon (1907, 305, 2 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P47 Notre Dame d`Espérance (1919, 310, 2 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P48 Ambroise Paré (1906, 326, 2 - 100/45, 1939 - 3/7/1940), P49 Mouette (1906, 302, 2 - 100/45, 1939 - 18/6/1940), P54 L`Algéroise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - 3/1945), P55 La Cherbougeoise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - 23/6/1940), P56 L`Oranaise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - 3/7/1940), La Quimpéroise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - ?/?/1940), P58 La Sablaise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - 11/1946), P59 La Servannaise (1919, 409, 1 - 100/45, 1940 - 1944), P65 Jean Frédéric (1919, 325, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 3/7/1940), P67 Mont Cassel (1917, 335, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 10/1940), P68 Pierre André (1921, 307, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 3/7/1940), P73 Nazareth (1918, 291, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 3/7/1940), P90 St.Pierre d`Alcantara (1918, 330, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 10/1940), P95 Notre Dame de France (1931, 433, 4 - 75/35, 1940 - 3/7/1940), P126 Air France I (1930, 480, 1 - 100/45, 1 - 75/35, 1940 - 10/1946), P128 Air France II (1930, 480, 1 - 100/45, 1 - 75/35, 1940 - 10/1946), P129 Air France III (1930, 480, 1 - 100/45, 1 - 75/35, 1940 - 10/1946), P132 La Cancalaise (1933, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 1/5/1940), P133 La Havraise (1934, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 27/11/1942), P134 La Lorientaise (1933, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 21/5/1940), P135 La Nantaise (1933, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 3/7/1940), P136 L`Ajaccienne (1936, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 9/11/1942), P137 La Bônoise (1934, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 9/11/1942), P138 La Toulonnaise (1934, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 9/11/1942), P139 La Sétoise (1934, 590 t, 1 - 102/40, 1940 - 9/11/1942)

in 1944 four units were commissioned again:

Alidade 1955

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
L'Ajacienne (ex-Mildenhall) P136, 1950- P650     26/6/1936 // 11/1939 stricken 1956
La Sétoise (ex-Oriental Star) P139, 1950- P651     24/9/1934 // 11/1939 stricken 1960
La Toulonnaise (ex-Hampshire) P138, 1950- P652     14/8/1934 // 11/1939 stricken 1960
La Bônoise (ex-Canadian Prince) P137     13/2/1937 // 11/1939 stricken 1948?

 

Displacement standard, t

421 - 427

Displacement full, t

466

Length, m

47.9 - 48.8

Breadth, m

8.10

Draught, m

3.73

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VTE, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

800

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts)

 

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/40 P. IX?, 4 x 1 - 13/76, sweeping gears

Sensors

radar, sonar

Complement

20

100 - 1000 BRT commissioned after war

P661 Octant (1941, 133, 1946 - auxiliary 1963); P663 Estafette (, , 1946 - early 1950s); P660 Alidade (1936, 133, 1946 - auxiliary 1963); P664 Ingénieur Hydrographe Nicolas  (1936, 500, 1946 - early 1950s); P662 Sentinelle  (1936, 500, 1946 - early 1950s); P665 Ingénieur e. c. Girod  (1936, 500, 1946 - early 1950s) - all generally used as survey vessels

Ship project history: Merchant vessels (mostly trawlers) converted to patrols.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Vikings was torpedoed by German submarine U562 17/4/1942 off Syrian coast, Sergeant Gouarne was also torpedoed by German submarine 26/3/1943.

Victoria 1942

Président Houduce 1941

Vikings 1941

Ambroise Paré 1940

Air France I 1945

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15