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TORPEDO SHIPS

BRANLEBAS destroyers (1908-1910)

nearly sister-ship Claymore 1906

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Glaive M42 Arsenal de Rochefort 5/1905 10/9/1908 9/1910 stricken 2/1932
Poignard M43 Arsenal de Rochefort 5/1905 3/7/1909 11/1910 stricken 5/1926
Sabretache M47 Brasse et Fouché, Prairie-au-Duc 6/1906 5/2/1908 9/1908 stricken 5/1920
Oriflamme M48 Brasse et Fouché, Prairie-au-Duc 6/1906 4/4/1908 9/1908 stricken 5/1921
Étendard M49 Dyle et Bacalan, Bordeaux 12/1905 20/3/1908 2/1909 sunk 25/4/1917
Fanion M50 Dyle et Bacalan, Bordeaux 12/1905 4/5/1908 2/1909 stricken 5/1921
Sape M51 A C de la Loire et Penhoët, St-Nazaire 11/1905 23/9/1907 11/1908 stricken 5/1926
Gabion M52 A C de la Loire et Penhoët, St-Nazaire 11/1905 21/12/1907 11/1908 stricken 5/1921
Branlebas M53 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 11/1905 8/10/1907 7/1908 sunk 30/9/1915
Fanfare M54 A C Augustin-Normand, Le Havre 11/1905 19/12/1907 9/1908 stricken 9/1925

 

Displacement normal, t

339

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

57.9 wl

Breadth, m

6.58

Draught, m

2.37

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Normand or Du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

6800

Max speed, kn

27.5

Fuel, t

coal 79

Endurance, nm(kts) 2100(10)
Armour, mm belt: 20

Armament

1 x 1 - 65/50 M1902, 6 x 1 - 47/50 M1902, 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement 60

Ship project history: This was a slightly improved version of the preceding Claymore class. Because of the weight and a desire to limit the boiler pressure, the official speed was reduced by 0.5kt. The vessels had splinter protection over their boilers and machinery, and a large navigating bridge. They were the last development of the 300 tonnes contre-torpilleur, and were laid down 1905/6.

Ship protection: machinery spaces had 20mm splinter protection

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: Branlebas was sunk by German mine 30/9/1915 off Nieuport, Étendard was sunk by German torpedo boat A39 25/4/1917 in the North Sea.

Fanion

Sabretache

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14