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Class overview
Name: Danton-class Battleship
Preceded by: Liberté-class
Succeeded by: Courbet-class
Completed: 6
Lost: 3 (2 as target ships)
General characteristics
Type: Battleship
Displacement: 18,318 tonnes standard, 19763 tonnes full load
Length: 144.9 m (475 ft)
Beam: 25.8 m (85 ft)
Draught: 9.2 m (30 ft)
Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 26 Bellville or Niclausse coal fired boilers, 22,500 hp
Speed: 19.2 knots (36 km/h)
Complement: up to 923
Armament:

4 × 305mm/45 Modèle 1906 guns in twin mounts
12 × 240mm/50 Modèle 1902 guns in twin mounts
16 × 75mm/65 Modèle 1906 guns in single mounts
10 × 47 mm guns (single)

2 × 450 mm Torpedo tubes (M12D until 1920, M18 afterwards)
Armour: 270 mm Belt, 48 mm upper deck, 45 mm lower deck, 300 mm main turrets, 200 mm secondary turrets

The Danton class was a class of French Pre-Dreadnought battleships built between 1907-1911, which served in World War I.

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Design

These ships were unusual in that they combined turbine propulsion machinery with a Pre-Dreadnought armament. They were designed by L'Homme for the 1906 programme and were a considerable advance on previous French ships. They were however overshadowed by HMS Dreadnought which was completed before they were laid down.

Ships

  • Condorcet - named after Marquis de Condorcet - built by AC de la Loire St Nazaire - laid down 23 August 1907, launched 25 July 1909, completed 25 July 1911, depot ship after 1931, hulk scuttled at Toulon 1942.
  • Danton - named after Georges Danton, built by Arsenal de Brest - laid down 1906, launched 4 July 1909, completed 1 June 1911, sunk by U64 19 March 1917, wreck discovered off Sardinia in December 2007 by gas survey team [1].
  • Diderot - named after Denis Diderot - built by AC de la Loire St Nazaire - laid down 20 October 1907, launched 19 April 1909, completed 1 August 1911, broken up 1937.
  • Mirabeau - named after Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau- built by Arsenal de Lorient - laid down 4 May 1908, launched 28 October 1909, completed 1 August 1911 - damaged by grounding near the Crimea in 1919 but salvaged, used as a target ship 1921, broken up 1928.
  • Vergniaud - named after Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud - built by C de la Gironde, Bordeaux, laid down July 1908, launched 12 April 1910, completed 22 September 1911, decommissioned 1921 and used as a target ship, broken up 1928.
  • Voltaire - named after the philosopher Voltaire- built by FC de la Méditerranée, La Seyne, laid down 20 July 1907, Launched 1 August 1911, completed 1 August 1911, decommissioned 1935, broken up 1939.

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