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TORPEDO SHIPS

DUNOIS torpedo gunboats (1898-1899)

Dunois 1898

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dunois   Arsenal de Cherbourg 9/1896 6/10/1897 12/1898 stricken 1920
La Hire   Arsenal de Cherbourg 11/1897 3/11/1898 1899 TS 1914, stricken 10/1922

 

Displacement normal, t

889

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

77.6 wl 78.0 oa

Breadth, m

8.43

Draught, m

3.10 mean 3.86 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 8 Normand-Sigaudy boilers

Power, h. p.

7500

Max speed, kts

21.7 - 22

Fuel, t

coal 137

Endurance, nm(kts) 5000(10)
Armour, mm steel; belt: 25, deck: 10, CT: 50

Armament

6 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 6 x 1 - 47/40 M1885

Complement 137

Ship project history: Originally classified as torpedo avisos and later as destroyers but had no torpedoes! Original lightly armoured ships intended specially for actions against enemy torpedo boats.

Ship protection: There was 10mm lower deck. Belt protected only machinery.

Modernizations: 1918, La Hire: - 6 x 1 - 65/50; + 2 x 1 - 100/45 M1917, DCs.

Naval service: La Hire served in 1914 and since 1917 at Toulon gunnery school.

Dunois

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14