French ship Algésiras (1855)

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Algésiras used as a school ship
Name: Algésiras
Namesake: Battle of Algeciras
Ordered: 1853
Builder: Toulon. Plans by Henri Dupuy de Lôme [1]
Laid down: March 1853 [1]
Launched: March 1855 [1]
Commissioned: September 1856 [1]
Struck: 25 November 1906 [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Algésiras class ship of the line
Displacement: 5160 tonnes
Length: 71.6 m (235 ft)
Beam: 16.8 m (55 ft)
Draught: 8.1 m (27 ft)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 340 men
  • 4 138mm guns
  • 4 revolver guns
  • 2 37mm guns
Armour: timber

The Algésiras was a 90-gun steam ship of the line of the French Navy, lead ship of her class. She was the first production ship built on the principles of the "fast ship of the line" pioneered by Napoléon.


In 1859, she took part in the blockade of Venice and various operations in the Mediterranean. [1]

She was decommissioned in 1865 and used as a transport. She was later used as a school ship. [1]

On 25 November 1906, she was destroyed in Toulon by an accidental fire. [1]

Notes, citations, and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Roche, vol.1, p.34


  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005). Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours 1 1671 - 1870. p. 34. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922.