Thursday, 27 April 2017

French 2nd class cruiser Duguay-Trouin was to serve as flagship of the South Sea squadron according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1892-1893 no. 8

An item referred to the Le Yacht reporting that the French 2nd class cruiser Duguay-Trouin launched in 1877, was destined to replace the flagship Dubourdieu of the South Sea squadron. She was to become flagship of a division commanding captain. Her armament was changed. The 5-19cm model 1870 were replaced by 16cm model 1884 guns. One such a gun was placed below the poop, the 4 others in demi turrets. Further more were 4-4,7cm quick firing guns added. Just like all French ships fitted out or to be fitted out for service was a part of the shells she had on board loaded with melinite.(1)

1. Laid down at the Arsenal de Cherborg, France in 1873, launched in 1877, completed in 1879 and renamed Vétéran and hulked in 1900. Displacement 3.479 tons and dimensions 89,8 (waterline) x 13,2 x 6,25 (maximum) metres. Crew numbered 322 men. Speed 15,5 knots.