French cruiser Lapérouse

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Career (France)
Name: Lapérouse
Namesake: Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse
Builder: Brest shipyard
Laid down: 23 June 1875
Launched: 5 November 1877
Homeport: Brest
Fate: wrecked in 1898.July 31st.Fort-Dauphin's Bay.Anosy.Madagascar.During an assigned navigation,hoisting the French General Governor Gal Gallieni pennon.Moored and waiting for coal,a sudden gust wind ruptured her two anchor chains:she drifted towards the coast and ran aground.
General characteristics
Class and type: 1st class,serial type Iphigénie
Type: Barbette cruiser
Tonnage: 2240 tonnes
Length: 80 m (260 ft)
Beam: 11.40 m (37.4 ft)
Draught: 5.50 m (18.0 ft)
Installed power: 2,300 shp (1,700 kW)
Propulsion: steam engine
Sail plan: full-rigged
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Crew: 264
Armament: 15 140mm / 5.5 inch M1870M guns, 2 Hotchkiss quick-firing guns, eight 1-pounder revolvers
Notes: beached on the coast of Madagascar

The Lapérouse was a barbette cruiser of the French Navy, lead ship of her class, named after Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.

The Lapérouse served as a defensive cruiser in the French Navy and was built at Brest, with work commencing in 1875, launched in 1877 and was subsequently wrecked in 1898 in the East Indies after being hit by a storm on 31 July 1898 in Fort-Dauphin's Bay.Anosy Madagascar All hands were saved.

She was part of the Far East Squadron under Admiral Amédée Courbet.

Sources and references[edit]

French navy construction drawings of the ship "LAPEROUSE, Naval construction plans".