Monday, 1 May 2017

French armoured cruiser Jeanne d’Arc damaged due to fire while underway towards France according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1913-1914 no. 6

An item reported that when the French cruiser Jeanne d’Arc (1) was underway towards France a fire broke out in the aft ship due to short-circuit when she was around 200 miles off Montevideo, Uruguay. To prevent a disaster were the ammunition rooms flooded. During 2 days she steamed with a deep loaded aft ship until the water could be pumped out of the ship. Until her arrival at Toulon, France however was there no electric lightning on board.

1. Laid down at Toulon, France October 1896, launched June 1899 and finally completed 1902. Fitted out with a ram and six funnels. According to one source a poorly armed cruiser, while another source indicated her in 1903 being the largest and mightiest French cruiser. Since 1912/1913 the school ship of the École Navale. In active service in the First World War, mainly in the operations against Turkey. Decommissioned 1928 or February 1933 (sources differs) and broken up in 1934.