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CONDOR torpedo cruisers (1886 - 1889)


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Vautour 1890

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Condor     Arsenal de Rochefort 4/1883 17.5.1885 11/1886 stricken 1907
Épervier     Arsenal de Rochefort 5/1884 10/1886 1887 stricken 1911
Faucon     Arsenal de Toulon 2/1884 12/1887 11/1887 stricken 1920
Vautour     Arsenal de Toulon 4/1884 25.4.1889 12/1889 stricken 1908


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

Condor: 1229

Épervier: 1268

Faucon: 1311

Vautour: 1266

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

68.0 pp

Breadth, m

9.00

Draught, m

4.70 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Condor, Épervier, Faucon: 2 IC, 4 cylindrical boilers

Vautour: 2 HC, 4 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

3000

Max speed, kts

Condor: 17.5

Épervier, Faucon, Vautour: 17

Fuel, t

coal 160

Endurance, nm(kts)2800(10)
Armour, mmsteel; deck: 40
Armament

5 x 1 - 100/26 M1881, 4 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 6 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 4 - 350 TT (aw, beam)

Complement137


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<i>Vautour </i>1890
Vautour 1890


Project history

Small, one-funnelled cruisers with plough bows, forecastle and poop and originally three masts, later reduced to two. They were usually classed as torpedo cruisers, that is, as large torpedo gunboats. The 100mm guns were distributed two forward on the upper deck in embrasure ports, two in upper deck sponsons and one on the poop.

Ship protection

The curved armour deck was 40mm and there was a cofferdam above and splinter deck below over the machinery spaces.

Modernizations

1890s, all: - 4 - 350 TT

1890s, Vautour: was fitted for oil burning.

Naval service

No significant events.