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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ARQUEBUSE destroyers (1903 - 1904)

Arquebuse 1902

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Carabine M12 Arsenal de Rochefort 5/1901 21/7/1902 9/1903 stricken 1/1919
Sarbacane M13 Arsenal de Rochefort 5/1901 12/3/1903 12/1903 stricken 10/1920
Arquebuse M14 Normand, Le Havre 1901 15/11/1902 5/1903 stricken 5/1920
Arbalète M15 Normand, Le Havre 1901 28/4/1903 8/1903 stricken 6/1920
Mousquet M16 A C de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire 11/1900 7/8/1902 5/1903 sunk 28/10/1914
Javeline M17 A C de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire 11/1900 15/10/1902 6/1903 stricken 1/1920
Sagaie M18 F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1901 15/11/1902 4/1903 stricken 10/1920
Epieu M19 F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1901 17/1/1903 6/1903 stricken 2/1921
Harpon M20 A C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 11/1900 20/10/1902 3/1903 stricken 3/1921
Fronde M21 A C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1/1901 17/12/1902 3/1903 stricken 10/1919
Francisque M22 Arsenal de Rochefort 1902 2/3/1904 4/1904 stricken 4/1921
Sabre M23 Arsenal de Rochefort 1902 15/4/1904 6/1904 stricken 1/1921
Dard M24 Penhoët, Saint-Nazaire 1901 10/9/1903 4/1904 stricken 4/1919
Baliste M25 Penhoët, Saint-Nazaire 1901 22/10/1903 6/1904 stricken 10/1919
Mousqueton M26 Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1901 4/11/1902 8/1904 stricken 5/1920
Arc M27 Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1901 24/12/1902 7/1904 stricken 10/1920
Pistolet M28 A C de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire 9/1901 29/5/1903 8/1903 stricken 9/1919
Bélier M29 A C de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire 9/1901 29/5/1903 3/1904 stricken 1/1921
Catapulte M30 F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1901 1/4/1903 9/1903 collision 18/5/1918
Bombarde M31 F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 12/1901 26/6/1903 11/1903 stricken 5/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

298

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

58.2

Breadth, m

6.40

Draught, m

3.17

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Normand or Du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

6300

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

coal 46

Endurance, nm(kts)

2300(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 6 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 2 x 1 - 380 TT

Complement

60

Ship project history: The first ten vessels of this class were ordered under the 1900 Programme and laid down 1900/1, the second ten under the 1901 Programme and laid down 1901/2. Trials took place 1902/4. They had a higher boiler pressure and more superstructure than the preceding 300 tonnes. The increased boiler pressure enabled most to exceed the designed speed, and the removal of the mainmast improved stability. Arbalète and Mousqueton were used for the French Navy's first experiments with wireless. The class trimmed down by the bow.

Modernizations: 1908, all: mainmast was removed

1915, some survived: - 2 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 x 1 - 47/40 M1885 AA

1916, some survived: - 1 x 1 - 65/50; + 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1897, 1 DCT (6 - 12 DC)

1917, some survived: + 1 x 1 - 8/80

1918, some survived: - 1 DCT

Naval service: Mousquet was sunk by German cruiser Emden off Penang 28/10/1914. Catapulte sank 18/5/1918 after collision with British s/s Warrimoo off Bone.

Arbalète

Ivan Gogin, 2014