Amiral Baudin-class ironclad

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Formidable testing ballons as naval observation platform
Class overview
Name: Amiral Baudin class
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Terrible class
Succeeded by: Marceau class
General characteristics
Type: Battleship
Displacement: 12,150 tonnes
Length: 98 m (322 ft)
Beam: 21.2 m (70 ft)
Draught: 7.9 m (26 ft)
Propulsion: 9,700 shp (7,200 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 650
Armour: 450 mm (18 in)

The Amiral Baudin class was a type of ironclad battleship of the French Navy. The class comprised two ships; Amiral Baudin and Formidable.

Design and history[edit]

Right elevation, deck plan and hull section of the Amiral Baudin class as depicted in Brassey's Naval Annual 1896

The two ships of the class were built to a design similar to that of Amiral Duperré, enlarged and designed from the start to use steam propulsion only. They were upgraded with armoured masts carrying small guns.


Builder: Brest
Launched: 5 June 1883
Fate: Broken up in 1910
Builder: Lorient
Ordered: 13 December 1878
Launched: 16 April 1885
Fate: Broken up 1910

External links[edit]

Media related to Amiral Baudin class battleships at Wikimedia Commons