Bouvet

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  Bouvet  French Pre Dreadnaught Battleship.  The fifth ship of the Charels Martel type battleships. but differed with the hull not being cut down to the main deck. and also having two smaller military masts. The Bouvet was the best of the the five battleships. as it had face-hardened armour. Bouvet built aqt Lorient  was laid down on the 16th January 1893 and launched on the 27th April 1896,. completed in June 1898. she serve during world war one being sent to the Dardanelle's in 1915.  On the 18th march the Bouvet was hit eight times form shells form the forts all struck above the waterline.  her fore turret was put out of action =due to the failure of the the gas extraction apparatus.. She then struck a 176 lb mine which exploded below the starboard 10.8 inch turret and this caused the Bouvet to Capsize and sink  in under 2 minutes with the loss of around 660 crew. she was in poor condition and it is believed that a magazine explosion probably caused the rapid sinking.

Displacement 12,007 tons, Speed: 18 Knots.  Crew 710  Armament  Two 12 inch / 45 cal. M1893  guns, Two 10.8 inch /45 calibre M1893  guns. and Eight 5.5 inch / 45 caliber guns  QF M1888. Eight 3.9 inch,  and twelve  3 pounder.  Five 1 pounder  and two 1 pounder Pom Pom    Two 18 inch torpedo Tubes (submerged.) did have two at AW but these were removed,.

Bouvet 27th May 1896 Sunk 18th March 1915, hit a mine of the Dardanelles, capsized and sank within 2 minutes with the loss of 660
 

Bouvet 

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Bouvet

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Bouvet

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Bouvet.

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Bouvet .

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Bouvet.

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Bouvet.Contributed by Colin White.