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DUQUESNE iron unprotected cruiser (1878)

Duquesne 1878

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Duquesne   Arsenal de Rochefort 1873 1876 6/1878 stricken 1901

 

Displacement normal, t

5905

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

100.4 wl

Breadth, m

15.2

Draught, m

7.98 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

HC, 12 oval boilers

Power, h. p.

8000

Max speed, kts

16.8

Fuel, t

coal 900

Endurance, nm(kts) 4400(10)

Armament

7 x 1 - 194/20 M1870, 14 x 1 - 139/21 M1870, 1 x 1 - 90/36 M1870, 8 x 5 - 37/20 M1885

Complement

551

Ship project history: An iron-hulled cruiser, wood-sheathed and coppered, with a ram bow, overhanging stern and short forecastle. She was ship-rigged with two funnels between the fore- and mainmasts. There was a double bottom with eight watertight transverse bulkheads carried up to the main deck and a collision bulkhead in addition. The 194mm were on the upper deck with one under the forecastle and the rest in sponsons, while the 139mm were on the maindeck amidships. There were two boiler rooms and the engines appear to have given a good deal of trouble.

Modernizations: 1894: machinery was replaced by new HC and 12 cylindrical boilers

1895: + 11 x 1 - 47/40 M1885

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2014