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French cruiser Latouche-Tréville
Latouche-Tréville
Career (France)
Name: Latouche-Tréville
Namesake: Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville
Builder: Le Havre
Launched: 8 October 1892
Commissioned: 6 May 1895
Decommissioned: 26 June 1920
Out of service: 1925
Fate: Scrapped, 1926
General characteristics
Class & type: Amiral Charner-class armoured cruiser
Displacement: 4,700 tonnes (4,626 long tons)
Length: 110 m (360 ft 11 in)
Beam: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Creusot steam engines, 8,800 shp (6,562 kW), 16 boilers
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 410
Armament: • 2 × 194 mm (7.6 in) guns
• 6 × 138 mm (5.4 in) guns
• 4 × 65 mm (2.6 in) guns
• 4 × 47 mm (3pdr) guns
• 6 × 37 mm revolver guns
• 4 × 450 mm (18 in) torpedo tubes

Latouche-Tréville was an armoured cruiser of the French Navy, named in honour of Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville.

Built in Le Havre by the Société des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée and launched on 8 October 1892, Latouche-Tréville served as a school ship of the École Navale, before being sent to the Eastern Mediterranean at the outbreak of the Greco-Turkish War.

At the outbreak of the First World War, she was sent to Casablanca. In October 1914, she blockaded Otranto. She operated between Bizerte and Sardinia before joining the squadron of Admiral Guépratte, and took part in the bombing of Sukhumi;[citation needed] she distinguished herself in the action and received a congratulatory telegram from General Gouraud. Latouche-Tréville performed two other patrols in the Dardanelles, before sailing to Thessaloniki. She took part in the blockade of Greece after the Noemvriana until the end of 1918, and returned to Toulon. She was decommissioned on 26 June 1920, used as a floating hangar until 1925, and scrapped in 1926.

References

  • Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours, Tome II, 1870–2006, LV Jean-Michel Roche, Imp. Rezotel-Maury Millau, 2005
  • Robert Gardiner, Roger Chesneau, Eugene Kolesnik (ed.). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1979, p. 304. ISBN 0-85177-133-5.


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