Descartes Class

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Descartes Class Protected Cruisers of the French Navy.  History and photos of the Descartes Class protected cruisers, launched 1894- 95, including Descartes and Pascal.

These protected cruisers had plough Bows. they were made from Wood sheathed in Copper plate. both these cruisers ahs to be ballasted to improve their stability. and it is also said that the magazines on Descartes were extremely hot.

Descartes was built  at Soc de la Loire and laid down in August 1892 launched in September 1894 and complete din July 1896. descart4es was serving in the West Indies at the Outbreak of world war one and stayed there until 1917. she was involved in two collisions the first being with a a Spanish cargo ship the Telesfora and the second collision with the British SS Strathmore.  as the war came to a close she returned to France at Lorient where she went into reserve

Displacement:  3960 tons, Speed: 19.5 knots, Compliment: 383 to 400 crew.  Armament: Four 6.4-inch Guns Quick Firing M1891.  Ten 3.9 -inch Guns, Descartes also had Eight 3 pounder  and four 1 pounder  and Pascal had Fourteen 3 pounder, and eight 1 pounder.   Two 18-inch Torpedo tubes AW.

Descartes September 1894 Stricken 1920
Pascal September 1895 Stricken 1911
Descartes

Descartes c.1898

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Pascal

Pascal c.1898

 

Pascal

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