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Small screw avisos

PINGOUIN [30] (colonial, 30 nhp, launched 1844)
RODEUR class (60 nhp, launched 1855)
LABOURDONNAYE (colonial, 35 nhp, launched 1856)

PINGOUIN colonial screw aviso

Displacement: 161t
Dimensions:108ft 3in wl x 18ft 1in x 6ft 5in mean
Same, meters:33.00 x 5.50 x 1.95m
Machinery:30nhp (Mazeline). High pressure, oscillating cylinders
Hull material:Iron

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
PINGOUINChaigneau13.12.44Stk. 21.1.56

This ship was designed as a mixed-propulsion aviso to provide interisland communications for the Marquesas Islands in the Pacific. She initially had a 6-bladed Ericsson screw.

RODEUR class small screw avisos

Displacement: 175t
Dimensions:114ft 10in wl, 119ft 3in deck x 19ft 2in ext x 6ft 3in mean, 7ft 3in max.
Same, meters:35.00, 36.34 x 5.85 x 1.90, 2.20m
Machinery:60nhp (Cherbourg).9.4kts
Hull material:Iron
Armament:2-12cm No.2 bronze shell

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
RODEURCherbourg5.2.55Stk. 19.4.66
CROISEURCherbourg31.7.55Stk. 5.11.68

The Rôdeur class was designed in 6.53 for coast guard and fishery protection service.

LABOURDONNAYE colonial screw aviso

Displacement: 247t
Dimensions:105ft 0in wl, 114ft 6in deck x 21ft 5in ext x 8ft 9in mean, 10ft 2in max.
Same, meters:32.00, 34.89 x 6.52 x 2.66, 3.11m
Machinery:35nhp (Cherbourg). Coal 26t
Hull material:Wood
Armament:(1856) 4-12cm shell

Name          Builder    Launched Fate         
LABOURDONNAYEBrest17.7.56Stk. 10.3.70

This ship was a mixed propulsion aviso (with sails and relatively weak screw machinery) designed for service in Mayotte and Madagascar. She became a hulk in 1870, was renamed Mahé in 1873, and was BU 1876.

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