Saturday, 8 April 2017

French navy not replacing lost battleship France according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1923


An item referred to the German magazine Schiffbau reporting that the French navy would not replace the sunk battleship France (1) by a new one, despite that this was allowed by the Washington Naval Treaty. It was believed that in stead smaller ships would be built. (2)

1. Building ordered on 1 August 1911, laid down by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire, France on 30 November 1911, launched on 7 November 1912, commissioned on 15 July 1914 and foundered after striking an uncharted rock in Quiberon Bay on 26 August 1922. Part of the Courbet-class.
2. Result of the Washington Naval Conference between November 1921-February 1922 was the Washington Naval Treaty signed by USA, England, Japan, Italy and France to limit the building of battleships, battle cruisers and aircraft carriers and to limit the possession of such capital ships by stopping completion of breaking up already existing.