|Name||No||Yard No||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Comp||Fate|
|Foudre||Soc de la Gironde, Bordeaux||6/1892||20.10.1895||9/1897||repair ship 1907, minelayer 1910, aircraft depot ship 1912, seaplane carrier 1913, stricken 12.1921|
|Displacement normal, t||
|Displacement full, t||
116.0 pp 118.7 oa
15.6 wl 17.2 oa
|No of shafts||
2 VTE, 24 Lagrafel d'Allest
|Power, h. p.||
|Max speed, kts||
Harvey Nickel steel; deck: 60 with 120mm slopes, shields: 55, CT: 120
8 x 1 - 100/45 M1891, 4 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 4 x 1 - 37/20 M1885, 8 - 10 18m TBs
A ship of cruiser type with three funnels close together and overhead gear for handling her TBs forward and aft of the funnels. The 100mm were at bow and stem with six in upper deck sponsons. The 18m TBs for the Foudre were known by letters A to I. Of these, eight were built by Le Creusot at Chalons-sur-Saône, and one, C, by Yarrow.
The armour deck was 60mm total on the flat and 120mm max on the slopes, and there was the usual cofferdam and cellular layer above, with 120mm on the CT.
1907: - (8 - 10) TBs
1910: + 80 mines
1911: hangar was fitted between rear funnel and the mainmast, crane added.
1913: + 4 - 8 flying boats (F.B.A. A)
1918: - some 1 - 100/45; + some 1 - 90/24 M1891
The Foudre was converted to a minelayer and then in 1912 to a seaplane carrier with a hangar abaft the funnels, and operated two aircraft in the 1913 manoeuvres, one being hoisted out and the other launched from a runway. In 1914-1918 she also was used as submarine tender. After the war she was also used as aviation school ship.