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SURPRISE steel gunboats (1896 - 1900)


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Zélée Thanks to Christophe Blondel for correction of the information.

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Surprise     Normand, Le Havre   24/4/1895 1896 sunk 3/12/1916
Décidée     Arsenal de Lorient   1898 1898 stricken 1922
Zélée     Arsenal de Rochefort   18/10/1899 1900 scuttled 22/9/1914


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

617 - 637

Displacement full, t 
Length, m56.0 - 56.3 pp
Breadth, m7.92 - 8.00
Draught, m3.71 max
No of shafts

1

Machinery

Surprise: 1 HTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Décidée, Zélée: 1 HTE, 2 Niclausse boilers

Power, h. p.

900

Max speed, kts

13

Fuel, t

coal 74

Endurance, nm(kts)2700(10)
Armament

2 x 1 - 100/45 M1891, 4 x 1 - 65/50 M1891, 4 x 1 - 37/20 M1885

Complement99


Standard scale images


<i>Surprise</i> 1905
Surprise 1905


Graphics


<i>Zélée</i> <i>Thanks to Christophe Blondel for correction of the information.</i>
Zélée Thanks to Christophe Blondel for correction of the information.


Ship project history


Colonial steel-hulled gunboats with auxiliary barquentine rig.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


Surprise was 3/12/1916 torpedoed by German submarine U38 off Azores. Zélée landed her guns on Tahiti and scuttled 29/9/1914 at Papéete to block the harbour to avoid attack of German cruisers.



Thanks to Christophe Blondel for correction of the information.