French cruiser Montcalm (1900)
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French armoured cruiser Montcalm
|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 & type:||Gueydon class armoured cruiser|
|Length:||139.90 m (459.0 ft)|
|Propulsion:||3 engines and 3 propellers, 21,500 hp (16,000 kW)|
|Speed:||21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph)|
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, Tremintin, in 1934. She was still docked in Brest in 1940 and was destroyed during the Occupation in 1943.
- 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.
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