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JULES MICHELET armoured cruiser (1908)


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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Jules Michelet     Arsenal de Lorient 1/6/1904 31/8/1905 11/1908 target 1931


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

13105

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

146.5

Breadth, m

21.4

Draught, m

8.41 max

No of shafts

3

Machinery

3 VTE, 28 Guyot du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

30000

Max speed, kts

22.5

Fuel, t

coal 2070

Endurance, nm(kts)6600(10)
Armour, mmbelt: 150 - 70, turrets: 200, turret bases: 180 - 100, secondary turrets: 165 - 130, bases of secondary turrets: 130 - 65, casemates: 140, lower deck: 65 - 45, main deck: 35, CT: 200
Armament

2 x 2 - 194/50 M1902, 12 x 1 - 165/45 M1893-96M, 24 x 1 - 47/50 M1902, 2 - 450 TT (sub, beam)

Complement770


Ship project history


Created on the basis of Léon Gambetta, but differed by more powerful machinery and stronger artillery (40-cal 194mm guns were replaced by 50-cal, and 8 165mm guns were placed in single turrets).

Ship protection


Main belt extended from 1.0m below water to 2.5m above and to upper deck in fwd part between stem and foremast, ending by 100mm bulkhead just near the stern. Its thickness was 150mm reducing to 120mm at the upper edge. Thickness of main belt near ship ends was 100mm decreasing to 70mm at raising fore part. Lower deck had 45mm (max) flat part connecting with lower edge of main belt by 65mm slopes. 35mm flat medium deck connected with top of main belt. A space between these decks was divided into many small compartments, filled with coal or stores. Casemates had 64mm rears, closed by 120mm fwd transverse bulkhead. Main turrets had 50mm crowns, secondary had 30mm.

Modernizations


1916 - 1917: - 12 x 1 - 47/50; + 4 x 1 - 47/50 M1902 AA.

Naval service


In 1929 Jules Michelet was laid up to reserve, stricken in 1931 and converted to target. She was sunk 8/5/1937 by submarine Thetis during manoeuvres.