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Small colonial paddle avisos (20-25 nhp)

GUET N'DAR (20 nhp, launched 1848)
OYAPOCK (20 nhp, launched 1852)
AKBA class (20 nhp, launched 1854)
ECONOME class (25 nhp, launched 1855)
CROCODILE class (20 nhp, launched 1858)
ARCHER class (20 nhp, launched 1859)

GUET N'DAR colonial paddle aviso

Displacement: 60t
Dimensions:65ft 7in x 15ft 9in x 2ft 2in
Same, meters:20.00 x 4.80 x 0.65m
Machinery:20nhp (Gâche). Direct, fixed vertical cylinders, tubular boiler, 7.34kts
Hull material:Iron

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
GUET N'DARGuibert, Nantes24.5.48Stk. 31.12.54

This ship was built to provide communications between the three fortified French posts in the Gulf of Guinea (Grand-Bassam, Assinie, and Gabon). She wore out and was decommissioned in the Ivory Coast 21.10.53. Her engines were returned to France for use in a replacement hull (see Akba class below).

OYAPOCK colonial paddle aviso

Displacement: 96t
Dimensions:72ft 2in x 16ft 7in x 4ft 5in
Same, meters:22.00 x 5.06 x 1.34m
Machinery:20nhp (Brest). Direct, tubular boiler
Hull material:Wood

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
OYAPOCKBrest3.5.52Stk. 31.12.64

This ship was built for French Guiana.

AKBA class colonial paddle avisos

Displacement: 48t
Dimensions:65ft 7in wl, 66ft 7in deck x 15ft 9in x 2ft 7in
Same, meters:20.00, 20.30 x 4.80 x 0.80m
Machinery:20nhp (Nillus in Akba, Gâche in Guet N'Dar)
Hull material:Iron

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
AKBANillus, Havre15.4.54Stk. 26.12.59
GUET N'DARNillus, Havre10.8.54Lost 14.11.56

These ships were built on the plans of the first Guet N'Dar. The new Guet N'Dar received the engines of her predecessor with new boilers, while Akba received new machinery on the same plans. Their names suggest they were intended for use on the Ivory Coast, but they served in Senegal. Guet N'Dar was wrecked in the upper Senegal River in the vicinity of Medine.

ECONOME class colonial paddle avisos

Displacement: 69t
Dimensions:78ft 9in wl x 13ft 5in x 3ft 11in
Same, meters:24.00 x 4.10 x 1.20m
Machinery:25nhp (Rochefort). Coal 10t
Hull material:Wood
Armament:(1855) 4 espingoles

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
ECONOMERochefort3.4.55Stk. 7.11.73
SURVEILLANTRochefort3.4.55Stk. 13.2.68

These ships were designed to tow barges on the Rivière de la Comté in support of the penal colony in French Guiana. They were designed to have greater speed than Oyapock with only slightly increased length. Econome was BU 1874 and Surveillant was BU 1868.

CROCODILE class colonial paddle avisos

Displacement: 80t
Dimensions:65ft 7in wl, 69ft 7in deck x 15ft 9in x 3ft 11in mean, 4ft 3in max.
Same, meters:20.00, 21.20 x 4.80 x 1.20, 1.30m
Machinery:20nhp (FCM La Seyne). Coal 10t
Hull material:Iron
Armament:(1858) 2-12cm No.2 shell

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
CROCODILEFCM La S.2.1.58Stk. 25.3.69
GRIFFONFCM La S.4.1.58Stk. 25.3.69

These ships were built for Senegal by FCM La Seyne. Their design was based on that of Guet N'Dar. Both were BU 1869.

ARCHER class colonial paddle avisos

Displacement: 91t
Dimensions:78ft 9in wl, 81ft 5in deck x 16ft 5in x 3ft 10in mean, 3ft 11in max.
Same, meters:24.00, 24.82 x 5.00 x 1.18, 1.20m
Machinery:20nhp (FCM La Seyne). Coal 18t
Hull material:Iron
Armament:(1860) 2-12cm No.2 shell

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
ARCHERFCM La S.5.59Stk. 1.3.66
PIONNIERFCM La S.18.5.59Stk. 31.10.72

These ships were built for Senegal by FCM La Seyne. Archer became a barracks hulk and was BU 1871. Pionnier was BU 1872.

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