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ECLAIREUR class (acquired 1833)

ECLAIREUR class paddle avisos (1st class)

Displacement: 600t (as mercantile)
Dimensions:149ft 1in wl x 27ft 3in x 11ft 5in mean
Same, meters:45.45 x 8.30 x 3.47m
Machinery:150nhp (Seaward & Capel)
Hull material:Wood
Armament:2-18p carronades

Name          Builder    Laid downLaunched Commiss. Fate         
ECLAIREURBordeaux(?)(1832)25.2.34Lost 12.2.35
RAMIERBordeaux(?)(1832)13.2.34Stk. 17.11.47

Class. These ships were built as Gironde and Garonne for a Bordeaux-Havre steam packet line being established by Inigo Expeleta & Cie. Gironde made the first sailing on the new line on 6.2.33 and Garonne followed on 21.3.33. The enterprise evidently failed almost immediately, for on 21.8.33 the Minister of Marine approved a contract for the purchase of the two ships, which were commissioned 2.34.

Disposals. Eclaireur was lost on the Algerian coast. The engines of Ramier were condemned in 1847. Her hull became a service craft which was renamed Rameur before 1865, then Lighter No.3, and BU 1878 at Cherbourg.

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