Chasseur-class destroyer

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Chasseur-Marius Bar.jpg
A postcard of Chasseur at anchor
Class overview
Name: Chasseur class
Preceded by: Voltigeur class
Succeeded by: Bouclier class
Built: 1909–1910
In commission: 1909–1927
Completed: 4
Lost: 1
Scrapped: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Length: 64.2–65.4 m (210 ft 8 in–214 ft 7 in) (p/p)
Beam: 6.5–6.7 m (21 ft 4 in–22 ft 0 in)
Draft: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 3 shafts; 3 Steam turbines
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 1,400–1,500 nmi (2,600–2,800 km; 1,600–1,700 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 77–79

The Chasseur class was a group of four destroyers of the French Navy built between 1909–1910, used during the First World War. A fifth ship was sold to Peru.[1]

Apart from Chasseur, which still used coal, they were the first French Navy ships to be fitted with oil-fired boilers. In trials they exceeded their designed power by a wide margin, achieving speeds of up to 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph).[2]


Name Builder Launched Fate
Chasseur Chantiers et Ateliers Augustin Normand, Le Havre 20 February 1909 Struck, October 1919.
Actée Schneider et Cie, Chalon-sur-Saône 1909 Sold incomplete to Peru as BAP Teniente Rodríguez in 1911; hulked in 1939[1]
Cavalier Normand, Le Havre 9 May 1910 Training ship from 1914. Struck, December 1927.
Fantassin Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne-sur-Mer 17 June 1909 Sunk after collision with Mameluck, 5 June 1916.
Janissaire Ateliers et Chantier de Saint-Nazaire Penhoët, Saint-Nazaire 12 April 1910 Struck, October 1920.



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