Arquebuse-class destroyer

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A postcard of Sarbacane underway in 1905
Class overview
Name: Arquebuse class
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Pertuisane-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Claymore-class destroyer
Built: 1900–04
In service: 1903–21
Completed: 20
Lost: 2
Scrapped: 18
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 323 t (318 long tons)
Length: 58.26 m (191 ft 2 in) (o/a)
Beam: 6.38 m (20 ft 11 in)
Draft: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 shafts; 2 Triple-expansion steam engines
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 2,300 nmi (4,300 km; 2,600 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 60

The Arquebuse class was a group of 20 destroyers built for the French Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. Two ships were sunk during the First World War and the others were scrapped after the war.


The Catapulte was sunk after a collision with the British steamship Warrimoo near Bizerte, Tunisia, on 18 May 1918.[1]

The Mousquet was sunk off the entrance of Penang harbour in the Strait of Malacca on 28 October 1914 by the German cruiser SMS Emden, which she was attempting to engage.[1]



  1. ^ a b "French Navy in World War I". Retrieved 28 June 2010. 


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