Saturday, 22 July 2017

French battleship Danton executed with success her trials according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1911-1912 no. 4

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht reporting that the French battleship Danton fitted out with a machinery consisting of turbines and Belleville-boilers executed her full power trial with success. The estimated speed and coal consumption were respectively 18,25 miles and 18.720 kilo, in reality 19,44 miles and 18.265 kilo. Four days later was a 3 hours trial executed with as result a speed of 20,18 miles and 1.162 kilo coals/mile, which was more as was expected. Rpm 316,7. Coals consumption hour.169kilo/square metre grid surface. The end conclusion was that a combination turbines and Belleville boilers could be very successful.(1)

1. Of the Danton-class consisting of the Condorcet, Danton, Diderot, Mirabeau, Vergniaud and Voltaire. Laid down at the Arsenal de Brest, Brest, France on 9 January 1908, launching in May 1909 blocked by French socialists, launched on 4 July 1909, commissioned on 24 July 1911 and sunk by the German submarine U-64 22 miles south west of Sardinia, Italy at 13.17 o’clock on 19 March 1917. The wreck was found back on the position 38°45’35” North and 8°3’30” East. Preceded by the Liberté-class and succeeded by the Courbet-class. Due to the huge number of changes of the original design and lacking decisions of the French minister of navy Gaston Thomson (29 January 1848, Oran, French Algeria-14 May 1932 Bône, Algeria) in time caused a serious delay in realizing the class