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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

TORPEDO SHIPS

DURANDAL destroyers (1899 - 1900)

Fauconneau 1897

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Durandal M0 Normand, Le Havre 1896 11/2/1899 7/1899 stricken 4/1919
Hallebarde M1 Normand, Le Havre 1896 8/6/1899 8/1899 stricken 3/1920
Fauconneau M2 Normand, Le Havre 1897 2/4/1900 7/1900 stricken 1/1921
Espingole M3 Normand, Le Havre 1897 28/6/1900 9/1900 wrecked 4/2/1903

 

Displacement normal, t

Durandal, Hallebarde: 296

Fauconneau, Espingole: 306

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

57.6 oa 56.0 wl

Breadth, m

6.30

Draught, m

3.17

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

4800

Max speed, kts

26

Fuel, t

coal 75

Endurance, nm(kts)

2300(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 6 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 2 x 1 - 380 TT

Complement

52

Ship project history: Durandal and Hallebarde were designed by Normand and ordered on 25/8/1896 as prototypes of the 300 tonnt contre-torpilleur. They had a turtleback forecastle and a flying deck aft, with two masts and two funnels separated by the machinery. Fauconneau and Espingole differed by having a stronger hull and a slightly raised bow. The boilers in this class were long and difficult to fire.

Modernizations: 1908, all survived: 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: Espingole wrecked 4/2/1903 in Cavalaire Bay, off Cavalaire-sur-Mer.

Ivan Gogin, 2014