N° 7 (1875)

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N° 7 (1875)
Builder: Arsenal de Brest[1]
Ordered: 9 May 1875[2]
Laid down: 1875[3][4]
Launched: 1876[5][6]
Completed: 1876[7][8]
Stricken: 10 May 1886[9]
Condemned: 1909[10]
N° 7 was a torpedo boat completed for the French Navy in 1876.

Construction

N° 7 was designed by mécanicien principal de 2e classe Juhel, along the lines of the March 1875 proposals of the Commission Permanente des Défenses Sous-Marines. She was intended for defensive work inside harbors or river estuaries. Her machinery was built by F C de la Méditerranée.[11]

Service

N° 7 was completed and began trials in 1876. Her original Belleville boiler consumed too much coal and was replaced with a similar but heavier one in July 1877. Her bow-mounted torpedo tube proved unservicable and was replaced with a spar torpedo around the same time.[12]

After reboilering, N° 7 remained out of water on a slip at Arsenal de Brest except for occasional trials. In June 1888 she was renamed Compagnon and became a tender to the hydrographic survey ship Chimère. Compagnon became an engineering school ship at the Ecole des mécaniciens de Brest in 1894. She lasted over a decade in this service and was finally discarded in 1909.[13][14]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Armament

[15][16]

As Completed

  • One torpedo tube

c. 1877

  • One spar torpedo

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  2. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 331.
  4. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 331.
  6. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 331.
  8. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  9. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  10. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  11. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  12. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  13. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 331.
  14. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.
  15. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 331.
  16. Le Masson. Torpilleur. p. 283.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Le Masson, Henri (1967). Histoire du Torpilleur en France. Paperback ed. Paris: Académie de Marine.

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