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ARGONAUTE sea-going torpedo boats (1894)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Argonaute     A C de la Loire, Nantes 1892 11/10/1893 1894 sold 1911
Tourmente     A C de la Loire, Nantes 1892 12/9/1893 1894 sold 1910


Technical data


Displacement normal, t113
Displacement full, t129
Length, m

42.9 wl

Breadth, m

4.51

Draught, m

1.72

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

23.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

2 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 1 - 380 TT (bow), 1 x 1 - 380 TT

Complement27


Project history


Ordered on 31/8/1892, these boats were based on Normand's Avant-Garde and not Loire's unsuccessful Corsaire design. They had a better hull-form than the latter but suffered from delicate boilers, and generally were judged less successful than the Averne class. With two rudders they handled well, and were reasonable seaboats although prone to sharp and uncomfortable rolling. They made around 24kts on trials.

Modernizations


1896-1898, both: were reboilered

Naval service


No significant events.