Sunday, November 4, 2007
The French coast defense battleship Furieux
At one point, Jane's All the World's Fighting Ships expected that the French coast defense battleship Furieux would have her freeboard forward raised by a deck. The Furieux had been originally launched in 1883, but was not completed until 1887. Both the British and French often took many years to complete ships in the 1880's. The rebuilt Furieux was given 2-9.4in/40 guns, which were greatly superior to the original 2-13.4in/24 guns. I have seen other photographs which confirm that the Furieux retained the low freeboard forward, which meant that she was very wet when underway.