Wednesday, 28 March 2018

French armoured cruiser Gambetta launched according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1901-1902 no. 10

An item referred to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens reporting that the French armoured cruiser Gambetta was launched in October. It was a sister ship of the Jules Ferry with as main difference that she was fitted out with Belleville boilers instead of the Guyot boilers from the Jules Ferry. The weight of her armour was 3.278 tons, more as 25% of her total weight, which was an extra ordinary weight ratio being normally for armoured cruisers maximum 22%.(1)

1. Part of the Léon Gambetta-class consisting of the Léon Gambetta, Jules Ferry and Victor Hugo, preceded by the Gloire-class and succeeded by the Jules Michelet. Laid down at Arsenal de Brest, France on 15 January 1901, launched on 26 October 1902, commissioned on 1 September 1903 and sunk after she was torpedoed by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-5south of the Otranto Straits on 27 April 1915.