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NO75 torpedo boats (1887 - 1889)


Ships


Names Builders Completed Losses Transfers Discarding

N°75 - 125

A C de la Loire, Nantes: N°75-80, 85, 86

A C de la Loire, Saint-Denis: N°81-84

Cail, Paris: N°87-92

Schneider, Chalons-sur-Saône: N°93-98, 121-125

F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne: N°99-104

F C de la Méditerranée, Granville: N°105-114

A C de la Gironde, Bordeaux: N°115-120

1887-1888: N°75-104

1888-1889: N°105-125

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1900-1910: N°75-125



Technical data


Displacement normal, t

53

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

35.0 pp

Breadth, m

3.35

Draught, m

0.89

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VCR, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.525
Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

2 - 380 TT (bow, 4)

Complement16


Project history

The first series (Nos 75-104) were ordered on 22.6.1885 and although the design was already under heavy criticism Nos 105-125 were ordered on 15.2.1886. Although based on the preceding Normand boats, they had a raised turtleback bow section and a second stern rudder in tandem, but proved to be highly unsatisfactory. They were unstable and slow and their entry into service was considerably delayed by a decision to replace their boilers. In February 1887 it was decided that 2 torpedoes would have to be landed, but even so their modifications had made them heavier and they never again reached their trial speeds - below the designed 20kts in most cases.

Modernizations

1890s, almost all: + 2 x 5 - 37/20 M1885

Naval service

The surviving boats were stricken or scrapped in the first decade of this century.