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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

BISSON destroyers (1913-1914)

Bisson 1918

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bisson M80 Arsenal de Toulon 1/1911 12/9/1912 1913 stricken 6/1933
Renaudin M81 Arsenal de Toulon 2/1911 20/3/1913 1913 sunk 18/3/1916
Commandant Lucas M82 Arsenal de Toulon 2/1912 11/7/1914 1914 stricken 6/1933
Protet M83 Arsenal de Rochefort 7/1912 15/10/1913 1914 TS 1921, stricken 2/1933
Mangini M84 Schneider, Chalon-sur-Saône 1911 31/3/1913 1914 stricken 1934
Magon M85 A C de Bretagne, Nantes 1911 19/4/1913 1914 stricken 2/1926

 

Displacement normal, t

756 - 791

Displacement full, t

855

Length, m

78.1 pp

Breadth, m

8.63

Draught, m

3.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Bisson, Renaudin, Commandant Lucas: Bréguet steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Protet: Parsons steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Mangini: Zoelly steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Magon: Rateau steam turbines, 4 Indret boilers

Power, h. p.

15000

Max speed, kn

30

Fuel, t

oil 165

Endurance, nm(kts) 1350-1400(14)

Armament

2 x 1 - 100/45 M1893, 4 x 1 - 65/50 M1902, 2 x 2 - 450 TT

Complement 80 - 83

Ship project history: Six ships were laid down in 1911-12 under 1910 and 1911 programmes and completed in 1913-14. They had four funnels placed in two distinct pairs; ships constructed in naval dockyards had higher funnels. Building cost was 31 million francs. These vessels were quite similar to Bouclier class ships. A tripod mast was fitted on Commandant Lucas. Mangini had to be transported down the Rhone from its builders, Schneider, on a barge specially made for the purpose (in order to clear bridges masts and funnels were removed). All exceeded 30kts on trials, the fastest being Magon which reached 32.02kts.

Modernizations: 1916 - 1918, all survived: + 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1897, 2 x 1 - 8/80, 2 DCR (8 - 10).

Naval service: Renaudin was sunk 18/3/1916 off Durazzo by a torpedo from Austrian submarine U6.

Magon

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14