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ESCORTS

CRABE patrol tugs (1918-1920)

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Calmar   Arsenal de Brest     1920 captured by Germans 12/1942 (GL4)
Cèdre   Arsenal de Lorient     1918 stricken 1945
Chène   Arsenal de Lorient     1918 scuttled 8/11/1942
Crabe   Arsenal de Brest     1918 captured by British 7/1940
Erable   Arsenal de Lorient     1918 stricken 1945
Frêne   Arsenal de Lorient     1919 captured by British 7/1940
Hètre   Arsenal de Lorient     1919 stricken 1946
Homard   Arsenal de Brest     1920 minesweeper 1939, captured by Germans 12/1942 (GL2)
Orme   Arsenal de Lorient     1918 scuttled 21/5/1940
Peuplier   Arsenal de Lorient     1919 captured by British 7/1940
Platane   Arsenal de Lorient     1919 stricken 1946?
Tourteau   Arsenal de Brest     1918 minesweeper 1939, captured by British 7/1940

  

Displacement normal, t

360 - 370

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

 

Breadth, m

 

Draught, m

 

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Fraser or Chulmar steam engine, 1 Belleville boiler

Power, h. p.

400

Max speed, kts

9 - 10

Fuel, t

 
Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 90/24 M1891

Complement

 

Ship project history: Tugs served as patrols.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Crabe, Frene, Peuplier and Tourteau were captured by British in July, 1940, used as gate vessels and returned in 1945 (except Peuplier bombed at Plymouth 30/4/1941). Homard was captured by Germans in November, 1942 and sunk by Allied aircraft 2/10/1944 at La Spezia. Calmar was captured by Germans in November, 1942 and sunk by Allied aircraft 5/7/1944 at Toulon. Erable was captured by Germans in November, 1942 at Toulon, served under German flag as minesweeper M6024 and sunk 11/3/1944 at Toulon by Allied aircraft. Orme was scuttled 21/5/1940 at Boulogne, raised by Germans, renamed FH02 and sunk 2/8/1944 by Allied aircraft at Le Havre. Chene was scuttled at Oran 8/11/1942.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14