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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

D`IBERVILLE torpedo gunboats (1894 - 1896)

Casabianca 1896

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Casabianca   A C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1/1894 21/9/1895 1896 minelayer 1913, sunk 3/6/1915
Cassini   F C de la Méditerranée Graville, Le Havre 11/1892 5/6/1894 1895 minelayer 1913, sunk 20/2/1917
D'Iberville   A C de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire 8/1891 11/9/1892 1894 stricken 7/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

D'Iberville: 952

Casabianca, Cassini: 970

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

80.0 pp 81.9 oa

Breadth, m

D'Iberville: 8.08

Casabianca, Cassini: 8.20

Draught, m

3.45 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

D'Iberville, Cassini: VQE, 8 Lagrafel d'Allest boilers

Casabianca: VTE, 8 Lagrafel d'Allest boilers

Power, h. p.

5000

Max speed, kts

21.5 - 22

Fuel, t

coal 115

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armour, mm

D'Iberville: steel; deck: 20 with 40mm slopes, CT: 40

Casabianca, Cassini: steel; belt: 20, deck: 20

Armament

D'Iberville: 1 x 1 - 100/45 M1891, 3 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 6 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 2 - 450 TT (bow), 4 x 1 - 450 TT

Casabianca, Cassini: 1 x 1 - 100/45 M1891, 3 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 7 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 1 - 450 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

D'Iberville: 143

Casabianca, Cassini: 140

Ship project history: Two-funnelled ships with a forecastle and poop, a ram bow and two masts. The 100mm was forward and the 65mm aft and on either beam.  They were reported to roll very heavily in a seaway. The TT were removed from D'Iberville by 1899 and reduced to 2 in Casabianca and Cassini. The two latter were converted to minelayers in 1913;

Ship protection: D'Iberville had a 20mm deck thickened to 40mm on the slopes in wake or the machinery spaces, and 40mm on the CT, while the other two had 20mm on the deck over the machinery spaces and 20mm on the side in wake.

Modernizations: 1899, D'Iberville: - 2 - 450 TT, 4 x 1 - 450 TT

1899, Casabianca, Cassini: - 1 - 450 TT

1913, Casabianca, Cassini: - 7 x 1 - 47/40, 2 x 1 - 450 TT; + 97 mines

Naval service: Casabianca blew up on own mine off Smyrna 3/6/1915. Cassini was sunk by a mine laid by German submarine UC35 in the Strait of Bonifacio 20/2/1917.

Cassini 1906

Ivan Gogin, 2014