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VOLTIGEUR destroyers (1910)

Voltigeur 1909

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Voltigeur M56 A C de la Bretagne, Nantes 1907 23/3/1909 4/1910 stricken 5/1920
Tirailleur M57 A C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1907 27/11/1908 7/1910 stricken 7/1921

 

Displacement normal, t

450

Displacement full, t

590

Length, m

Voltigeur: 65.5 pp

Tirailleur: 63.0 pp

Breadth, m

Voltigeur: 6.80

Tirailleur: 6.40

Draught, m

Voltigeur: 3.10

Tirailleur: 2.90

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Voltigeur: 1 VTE, 2 Rateau steam turbines, 4 Normand boilers

Tirailleur: 1 VTE, 2 Breguet steam turbines, 4 du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

7500

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

coal 118

Endurance, nm(kts)

1520(10)

Armament

6 x 1 - 65/50 M1902, 1 - 450 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

76 - 77

Ship project history: Two 450t destroyers of slightly different hull dimensions modelled on the preceeding Spahi class were built as an experiment. They were fitted with three-shaft machinery - a reciprocating cruise engine in the central shaft and turbines for high speed on the outer shafts. Both proved quite reliable in service but exceeded their designed displacement. However their combined machinery was considered less flexible than the single type of engines in other ships. In this class all four funnels were installed before an engine room.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2014