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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

CHASSEUR destroyers (1909-1911)

Fantassin 1911

nearly sister-ship Voltigeur 1912

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Chasseur M58 Normand, Le Havre 1907 20/2/1909 11/1909 stricken 10/1919
Janissaire M63 Penhoët, St-Nazaire 1908 12/4/1910 6/1911 stricken 10/1920
Fantassin M64 F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1908 17/6/1909 6/1911 collision 5/6/1916
Cavalier M65 Normand, Le Havre 1908 9/5/1910 1/1911 damaged 17/8/1914, repaired as TS, stricken 12/1927

 

Displacement normal, t

 

Displacement full, t

520

Length, m

Chasseur, Cavalier: 64.2 pp

Janissaire: 64.5 pp

Fantassin: 65.4 pp

Breadth, m

Chasseur: 6.54 wl

Janissaire, Cavalier: 6.60 wl

Fantassin: 6.65 wl

Draught, m

3.10

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Chasseur, Cavalier, Fantassin: Parsons steam turbines, 4 Normand boilers

Janissaire: Parsons steam turbines, 3 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

7200

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

Chasseur: coal 99

others: oil 135

Endurance, nm(kts)

Chasseur: 1400(10)

others: 1500(10)

Armament

6 x 1 - 65/50 M1902, 1 - 450 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement 77 - 79

Ship project history: These ships had their boiler rooms placed before the engine room. They were the first ships in the French Navy to be fitted with oil-fired boilers (not Chasseur). On trials they proved successful exceeding their designed power by wide margins (8000-9000shp was reached) with speeds of 28.5kts-31kts. Their main drawback was that their turbines proved less sturdy than had been hoped.

Modernizations: 1914, Cavalier: - 1 - 450 TT

Naval service: Fantassin was rammed by destroyer Mameluk at night 5/6/1916 in the Mediterranean and subsequently finished off by guns of Fauconneau. Earlier (17/8/1914) Fantassin collided with Cavalier in the Mediterranean; during repair Cavalier lost bow TT and later was used as school ship.

Fantassin 1911

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14