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AMIRAL BAUDIN

 

Nationality:

France

Type: Barbette ship
Class: AMIRAL BAUDIN - two in class
Builder: Brest Navy Yard
Completed: December, 1888
Displacement: 11,720 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

331' 6" x 70' x 27' 9"
Armor (steel and compound):
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt: 14" - 22"
Barbettes: 16"
Shields: 1.2"
CT: 3.1" - 4.7"
Machinery: 2-shaft VC, 12-cyl. boilers; 8,400 ihp.  Coal:  790 tons
Speed: 15 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
3 14.6" / 28 cal. 3x1
4 6.4" / 30 cal. 4x1
8 5.5" 8x1
4 3-pdr. 4x1
1 3-pdr. revolver 1x1
14 1-pdr. revolver 14x1
6 15" TT (aw) 6x1
Compliment: 625

 

 

Sister ship:  FORMIDABLE

 

 

Notes:  The AMIRAL BAUDIN class saw a return to the high-freeboard barbette ship (as compared to the preceding TERRIBLE class), with a pronounced ram bow and considerable tumblehome.  The steel belt, while complete and 7.2" wide, was only a foot above the waterline.  The shallow barbettes were compound, with steel ammunition tubes, and were located on the centerline in fore, midships and aft positions.  The 14.6" guns had a similar performance to the contemporary British 13.5" guns.  The 6.4" guns were in fore and aft main deck sponsons, and the 5.5" guns were on the main deck.  Both ships had military foremasts, but FORMIDABLE had a larger funnel.  Their chief fault was the large area of unprotected side from just above the waterline.

 

Both ships were rebuilt and rearmed in 1898; the three 14.6" guns were replaced with two 10.8" guns, mounted in the fore and aft barbettes.  The 6.4" guns were mounted in a light armored redoubt where the original center barbette had been located.  AMIRAL BAUDIN's light guns were altered to two 9-pounders, 20 3-pounders, six 1-pounders and six 1-pounder revolvers.

 

AMIRAL BAUDIN was stricken in 1909 and broken up thereafter.

 

Pictures

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Hai 494

after 1898 rebuild

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Hai 494

after 1898 rebuild

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Hai 494

after 1898 rebuild

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Hai 494

after 1898 rebuild