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French cruiser Tourville (1926)
Tourville (cruiser)- SLV H91.325-30.jpg
Tourville in 1929
Career (France)
Name: Tourville
Namesake: Anne Hilarion de Tourville
Builder: Lorient Navy Yard
Laid down: 14 April 1925
Launched: 24 August 1926
Commissioned: 1 December 1928
Fate: Condemned 8 March 1962
General characteristics
Class & type: Duquesne-class cruiser
Displacement:
  • 10,000 tonnes (standard)
  • 12,200 tons (full load)
Length: 191 m (626 ft 8 in) overall
Beam: 19 m (62 ft 4 in)
Draught: 6.32 m (20 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 4-shaft Rateau-Bretagne single-reduction geared turbines; 9 Guyot boilers; 120,000 shp (89 MW)
Speed: 33.75 knots (38.84 mph; 62.51 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (5,200 mi; 8,300 km) at 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 605
Armament:
Armour:
  • Magazine box 30 mm (1.2 in)
  • Deck 30 mm (1.2 in)
  • Turrets and conning tower 30 mm (1.2 in)
  • Aircraft carried: 2 GL-812 (superseded by GL-832 then Loire-Nieuport 130, 1 catapult)

    Tourville was a French Duquesne-class heavy cruiser that served during World War II. At the outbreak of the war, Tourville was part of the Force X, under Vice Admiral Godfroy.

    Design and description[]

    The design of the Duquesne class was derived from an enlarged version of the Duguay-Trouin-class light cruiser armed with 203-millimetre (8 in) guns. The ships had an overall length of 191 meters (626 ft 8 in), a beam of 19 meters (62 ft 4 in), and a draft of 6.45 meters (21 ft 2 in). They displaced 10,160 metric tons (10,000 long tons) at standard load and 12,435 t (12,239 long tons) at deep load. Their crew normally consisted of 605 men and increased by 32 when serving as flagships.[1]

    References[]

    1. Jordan & Moulin, p. 44

    Bibliography[]

    • Jordan, John & Moulin, Jean (2013). French Cruisers 1922–1956. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-133-5. 


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