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French submarine Charles Brun
Class overview
Name: Charles Brun
Builders: Arsenal de Toulon
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Amiral Bourgois
Succeeded by: Clorinde class
Built: 1907–13
In service: 1913–20
In commission: 1913–20
Completed: 1
Scrapped: 1
Career (France)
Name: Charles Brun
Namesake: Charles Brun
Builder: Arsenal de Toulon
Laid down: 1907
Launched: 14 September 1910
Completed: October 1913
Commissioned: 31 December 1906
Identification: Pennant number: Q89
Fate: Sold for scrap, June 1920
General characteristics (as built)
Type: Submarine
  • 356 t (350 long tons) (surfaced)
  • 450 t (443 long tons) (submerged)
Length: 44 m (144 ft 4 in) (o/a)
Beam: 4 m (13 ft 1 in) (deep)
Draft: 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in)
Installed power: oil
Propulsion: VTE, 4 du Temple boilers
  • 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph) (surfaced)
  • 7.2 knots (13.3 km/h; 8.3 mph) (submerged)
Test depth: 40 m (131 ft 3 in)
Complement: 24 crew

Charles Brun was a submarine built for the French Navy during the first decade of the 20th century, the only boat of her class.


Charles Brun was an experimental submarine ordered on 31 December 1906, she was built by the Arsenal de Toulon. Construction started in 1907 and she was launched on 14 September 1910. The trials of her experimental propulsion system were conducted between October 1910 and October 1913 when the submarine was finally completed.

When she was completed, the submarine was 44 metres (144 ft 4 in) long, with a beam of 4 metres (13 ft 1 in) and a draft of 3.3 metres (10 ft 10 in). The submarine was assessed at 450 GRT. She had 4 du Temple boilers which were powered by oil and the engine was rated at 1,300 nhp. Her max. depth was 40 metres (131 ft 3 in), she could hold 24 crew and she was armed with 2 450 mm (17.7 in) bow torpedo tubes, 2 single 450 mm Drzewiecki drop collars and 4 single external 450 mm torpedo launchers of which 2 were placed at the aft of the submarine.[1]

Later life and end

Charles Brun never officially entered service for the French Navy since she was an experimental submarine, she also didn't participate in any significant events, not even during World War I. She was finally decommissioned in June 1920 and sold for scrap.


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