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SURPRISE steel gunboats (1896-1900)

Surprise 1905

Name 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

 

Displacement normal, t

617 - 637

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

56.0 - 56.3 pp

Breadth, m

7.92 - 8.00

Draught, m

3.71 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Surprise: HTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Décidée, Zélée: 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

Complement

99

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.

Zélée

Thanks to Christophe Blondel for correction of the information.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-18