French Warship Design

French Warship Design

French warship design produced an immense amount of innovation in the history of the battleship. 

However, not all of that innovation was good and some of it was rather “out there”, some classes of ships really stood out and caught the attention of foreign navies. Some of the more notable ships were the Bruix class of ‘Colonial’ cruisers. 

Bruix and her sisters served the outposts of the French colonial empire as well as being slated for commerce raiding in the  event of war. 

With a displacement of under 5000 tons, Bruix mounted a very heavy armament of 7.6″ and 5.5” guns as well as torpedo tubes and with a speed of 19 knots she was a well respected warship albeit a rather odd looking ship. 

Bruix was built with a smaller hull compared to other contemporary battleships of her day. Furthermore, she was engineered with a very interesting spoonbill bow which seemed to serve no real useful purpose that a military historian could discern beyond being some kind of ramming mechanism, a rather obsolete naval device in the early part of the 20th century. 

Bruix saw combat duty action throughout the first world war in the Red Sea and the Aegean. She was broken up in 1920.

The cut back bow’s main idea was to limit damage to the deck structure if the main gun was fired over the bow at low elevation. The bottom is deeper and longer to maintain buoyancy. Her armor siding would probably have extended all the way to the stem in French ships in this period and this tended to make them plow into the sea. 

The USS Iowa BB-4 was also built with a ram bow and was laid down in the same historical period.

French Warship Design

French Warship Design

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