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AUROCHS class patrol tugs (1917-1919)

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Aurochs   A C de Bretagne, Nantes     1918 captured by Germans 6/1940, returned 1945, stricken 1949
Élan, 1940- Élan II   A C de Bretagne, Nantes     1919 captured by British 3/7/1940
Renne   A C de Bretagne, Nantes     1918 captured by Germans 8/12/1942
Zébu   A C de Bretagne, Nantes     1917 foundered 12/6/1940

  

Displacement normal, t

290

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

 

Breadth, m

 

Draught, m

 

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 1 D`Allest boiler

Power, h. p.

650

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

 
Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 90/24 M1891, 1 x 1 - 47/40 M1885

Complement

 

Ship project history: Tugs used as patrols.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Élan II was captured by British 3/7/1940, used as barrage balloon vessel and later as target tug, she was returned in 1945 and scrapped. Renne was captured by Germans at Bizerte 8/12/1942 and bombed by Allied aircraft 7/12/1943. Zébu foundered 12/6/1940 off Le Havre. Aurochs was captured by Germans in June, 1940 and returned in 1945.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14