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AMIENS 1st class avisos (sloops) (1918-1922)

Baccarat 1919

Arras 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Amiens   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1918 5/1919 1920 captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL depot ship 7/1940
Arras   Arsenal de Brest 1917 7/1918 1918 captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL barrack ship 7/1940
Baccarat   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1919 1/1918 1922 BU 1933
Bapaume   Arsenal de Lorient 1917 8/1918 1920 BU 1937
Bar-le-Duc   Arsenal de Lorient 1917 1918 1920 stranded 13/12/1920
Belfort   Arsenal de Lorient 1918 3/1919 1920 seaplane tender 1920s, captured by British 3/7/1940, FNFL accommodation ship 7/1940
Béthune   A C de Provence, Port-de-Bouc 1920 7/1921 1922 BU 1934
Calais   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1918 11/1919 1920 sold 11/1946
Coucy   Penhoët, St-Nazaire 1918 6/1919 1920 captured by British 3/7/1940
Craonne   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1917 1/1920 1921 BU 1935
Dunkerque, 1928- Ypres   Arsenal de Brest 1917 7/1918 1918 survey vessel 1920s, BU 4/1942
Épernay   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1918 9/1919 1920 BU 1934
Épinal   Penhoët, St-Nazaire 1918 8/1919 1920 captured by British 3/7/1940
Lassigny   A C de Bretagne, Nantes 1918 7/1919 1920 stricken 10/1941
Les Éparges   A C de Bretagne, Nantes 1918 9/1919 1920 survey vessel 1920s, scuttled 27/11/1942
Liévin   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1917 3/1920 1921 BU 1935
Lunéville   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1917 1/1920 1921 BU 1935
Montdement   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1918 1/1920 1922 BU 1935
Montmirail   F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1918 9/1920 1921 BU 1933
Nancy   Arsenal de Cherbourg 1917 3/1919 1920 BU 1938
Péronne   F C de la Méditerranée, Le Havre 1917 3/1920 1921 BU 1935
Reims   Arsenal de Brest 1917 7/1918 1918 BU 1938
Remiremont   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1917 7/1920 1921 TS 1920s, BU 1936
Révigny   F C de la Gironde, Bordeaux 1917 9/1920 1921 BU 1937
Tahure   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1918 3/1918 1920 sunk 24/9/1944
Toul   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1917 4/1919 1920 BU 1935
Vauquois   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1918 8/1919 1920 TS 1920s, sunk 18/6/1940
Verdun, 1928- Laffaux   Arsenal de Brest 1917 11/1918 1920 BU 1938
Vimy   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1918 12/1919 1920 BU 1935
Vitry-le-François   A C de la Loire, St-Nazaire 1918 3/1920 1921 BU 1935

  

Displacement normal, t

850

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

72.0 pp 74.9 oa

Breadth, m

8.71

Draught, m

3.20

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Normand or Du Temple boilers

Power, h. p.

5000

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil 200

Baccarat, Béthune, Craonne, Liévin, Montdement, Montmirail and some others: coal 185

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(11)

Armament

2 x 1 - 139/55 M1910, 1 x 1 - 75/35 M1897, 4 x 1 - 8/80, 2 DCT (20)

Complement

103

Ship project history: Fast turbine-engined sloops with merchant vessel outline profile. 6 ships had coal-firing boilers, remaining fired oil. Latter ships on trials exceeded 22kts speed.

    Betheny, Chalons, Chateau-Thierry, Compiegne, Douaumont, Fere Champenoise, Gerbeviller, Noyon, Roye, Saint-Dié, Senlis, Soissons and Souchez were cancelled.

Modernizations: 1920s (temporary), Bapaume: Flight deck between bow and bridge was fitted; + 1 seaplane

1920s, Belfort: Flight deck between bow and bridge was fitted; + 1 seaplane

late 1930s, Épinal: - 2 x 1 - 139/55; + 2 x 1 - 145/45 M1910

1940, Amiens: + 1 x 2 - 37/48 M1935

Naval service: Bar-le-Duc stranded at Lesbos 13/12/1920 when she escorted Vrangel fleet (White Russian) from Istanbul to Bizerte.

    Arras, Épinal and Amiens 3/7/1940 were captured by British at Portsmouth. Arras was transferred to FNFL, used as barrack ship and also a source of spares, she was returned after war and BU in 1946. Belfort and Coucy were captured by British 3/7/1940 at Plymouth and were returned after war. Lassigny was paid off 31/10/1940 in Morocco. Les Éparges was scuttled at Toulon 27/11/1942, salvaged by Germans and served in the Kriegsmarine as minesweeper M6060. Tahure participated in French-Thai war in January, 1941 and was sunk by American submarine Flasher 24/9/1944 (on some sources 29/4/1944). Vauquois was mined 18/6/1940.

Calais 1920

Amiens 1942

Épinal 1945 (in RN, towed for scrapping)

Tahure 1938

Belfort 1939

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14