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NO60 torpedo boats (1882 - 1885)


Ships


Names Builders Completed Losses Transfers Discarding

N°60 - 74

Normand, Le Havre: N°60 - 74

1882: N°60

1883: N°61 - 64

1885: N°65 - 74

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1900: N°60 - 74



Technical data


Displacement normal, t

45

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

33.0 wl

Breadth, m

3.28

Draught, m

1.10

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VCR, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.500
Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)800(10) - 850(10)
Armament

N°60 - 64: 2 - 380 TT (bow, 6)

N°65 - 74: 2 - 350 TT (bow, 6)

Complement11


Project history

Ordered 5.11.1880 (60), 31.10.1881 (61-64), 29.1.1883(65-68), 14.4.1883 (69-74). Following the success of No27 Normand was approached to produce a class of TBs based on this craft. There were actually two series, the later boats (from 65) having a ram bow, which was subsequently considered a mistake since it produced a very visible bow wave and required shorter, smaller calibre TTs, which were also difficult to use. Designed for a larger radius of action than previous boats, they were considered economical steamers and could reach 800-850nm at 10kts; they all made over 20kts on trials and 77 was the first French TB to make 21kts. In 1886, because of the problem of the ram bow it was planned to convert the 65 series into torpedo boat destroyers with 4-37mrn Hotchkiss revolvers, but in the event only 68 was convened.

Modernizations

late 1880s, N°68: - 2 - 350 TT; + 4 x 5 - 37/20 M1885

Naval service

They were stricken around 1900 and sold in the early years nf this century.