French cruiser Montcalm (1900)
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A French postcard of Montcalm at speed
|Namesake:||Louis-Joseph de Montcalm|
|Builder:||Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée|
|Laid down:||27 September 1898|
|Launched:||27 March 1900|
|Commissioned:||24 March 1902|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1943|
|Class and type:||Gueydon-class armoured cruiser|
|Length:||139.90 m (459.0 ft)|
|Installed power:||21,500 hp (16,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||3 engines and 3 propellers|
|Speed:||21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × 194 mm/40 Modèle 1893 guns
8 × 163 mm/45 Modèle 1893 guns
Built in at Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée in La-Seyne-sur-Mer from 27 September 1898, she was launched on 27 March 1900 and was commissioned on 24 March 1902, before completing her trials, to ferry the President of the Republic, Émile Loubet, to Russia. She arrived in Kronstadt on 20 May 1902, receiving Tsar Nicholas II for lunch aboard on the 23rd.
She was decommissioned on the 28 October 1926 and used as a school ship hulk, Trémintin, in 1934. She was still at Brest in 1940 and was bombed and sunk by the RAF on 16 August 1944; the wreck was broken up in 1946/7.
- Details in the Australian Official History of the 1914-18 War, Volume Ten. There was some comment on the profile of the ship, bows and stern sections effectively identical, it being thought that this was an attempt to confuse enemy range-finders.