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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.


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.