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VAUBAN barbette ships (1885 - 1886)

Vauban 1885

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Duguesclin   Arsenal de Rochefort 12/1878 1883 8/1886 stricken 1904
Vauban   Arsenal de Cherbourg 2/1879 7/1882 1885 stricken 1905

 

Displacement normal, t

6112

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

81.0 wl

Breadth, m

17.5

Draught, m

7.62 - 7.70 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VC, 8 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

4400

Max speed, kts

14 - 14.5

Fuel, t

coal 450

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armour, mm

wrought iron; belt: 250 - 150, barbettes: 200, deck: 50

Armament

Duguesclin: 4 x 1 - 240/18 M1870, 1 x 1 - 194/20 M1870, 6 x 1 - 139/21 M1870, 12 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 2 - 350 TT (beam, aw)

Vauban: 4 x 1 - 240/18 M1870, 1 x 1 - 194/20 M1870, 6 x 1 - 139/21 M1870, 4 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 12 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 2 - 350 TT (beam, aw)

Complement

440

Ship project history: Very similar to the Bayard class but differing in having steel hulls which were wood sheathed and coppered. There was no stem 194mm. The ships were originally rigged as brigs with royals and 2160 m2 of canvas, but latterly did not carry sail and had two masts with military tops. The steel hulls allowed better compartmentation, but otherwise details were as in the Bayard class. Duguesclin could be distinguished by her peculiar sloping stern rising from the waterline in a convex curve.

Ship protection: The belt extended from 1.5m above water to 1.5m below, the barbettes had compound armour.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Duguesclin

Ivan Gogin, 2014