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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

CRUISERS

D`ASSAS protected cruisers (1898)

nearly sister-ship Friant 1896

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Cassard   Arsenal de Cherbourg 1894 27/5/1896 2/1898 TS 1922, stricken 1924
D`Assas   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1894 28/3/1896 3/1898 stricken 1910
Du Chayla   Arsenal de Cherbourg 3/1894 10/11/1895 2/1898 stricken 1921

 

Displacement normal, t

Cassard, Du Chayla: 3890

D`Assas: 3962

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

96.1 pp 99.0 oa

Breadth, m

13.7

Draught, m

6.25 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 20 Lagrafel d`Allest boilers

Power, h. p.

10000

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal 600

Endurance, nm(kts) 6000(10)

Armour, mm

shields: 50, deck: 70 (max) with 100 - 80-mm slopes, CT: 100

Armament

D'Assas: 6 x 1 - 165/45 M1893, 4 x 1 - 100/45 M1893, 10 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 5 x 1 - 37/20 M1885, 2 - 450 TT (aw, beam)

Du Chayla, Cassard: 6 x 1 - 165/45 M1893, 4 x 1 - 100/45 M1893, 10 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 9 x 1 - 37/20 M1885, 2 - 450 TT (aw, beam)

Complement

370 - 392

Ship project history: Similar to Friant class differing in details. D`Assas was reported to be distinctly deep in the water and of doubtful stability.

Ship protection: Curved armour deck had a cofferdam above. There was a thin splinter deck over the machinery below main deck. All guns were protected by 50mm shields.

Modernizations: 1918, Du Chayla: - 4 x 1 - 165/45, 4 x 1 - 100/45, 6 x 1 - 47/40, 9 x 1 - 37/20; + 4 x 1 - 75/35 M1897

Naval service: Cassard was attached to gunnery school in 1922-1923, turrets were removed.

Du Chayla 1898

Cassard 1909

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14