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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

ESCORTS

ALDÉBARAN 1st class avisos (escort sloops) (1916-1917)

nearly sister-ship Primrose 1917

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Aldébaran   541 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, UK 1916 19/5/1916 7/1916 stricken 1934
Algol   542 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, UK 1916 17/6/1916 7/1916 stricken 1935
Altair   320 Hamilton, Glasgow, UK 2/1916 6/7/1916 9/1916 stricken 1940
Antarès   321 Hamilton, Glasgow, UK 3/1916 4/9/1916 10/1916 stricken 1936
Bellatrix   501 Henderson, Glasgow, UK 1916 29/5/1916 7/1916 stricken 1933
Cassiopée   549 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, UK 9/1916 10/2/1917 4/1917 stricken 1933
Régulus   550 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, UK 9/1916 19/3/1917 5/1917 stricken 1935
Rigel   502 Henderson, Glasgow, UK 1916 4/7/1916 8/1916 sunk 2/10/1916

  

Displacement normal, t

1250

Displacement full, t

1470

Length, m

76.2 pp 81.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

4.20

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 4-cyl VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2800

Max speed, kts

17.5

Fuel, t

coal 260

Endurance, nm(kts) 2400(12)

Armament

2 x 1 - 139/45 M1893, 4 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 2 DCT, 1 DCR

Complement

103

Ship project history: Built in UK under French order, similar to British Flower class. Successful multi-purpose ships, first ocean-going escorts.

Modernizations: 1918, all survived: - 4 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 x 1 - 75/35 M1897.

Naval service: Rigel was sunk 2/10/1916 at Algerian coast by torpedo from German submarine U35.

Cassiopée 1917

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14