Old photographs of the French Naval base at BrestPosted: November 4, 2013
1878: The gunboat Voltigeur under construction.
1880: The cruiser Nielly prior to her launching. Of interest are the old wooden warships serving as hulks and the incomplete modern battleship that is sporting circular ‘huts’ over its as-yet-to-be-fitted main gun positions.
1891: The coastal defence battleship Furieux. The French build several of this class of ship as a counter to the Royal Navy’s larger battleships.
1893: The launch of the battleship Charles Martel.
1893: The battleship Charles Martel being fitted out. One of its main guns is being lowered into position.
1893: The battleship Saint-Louis. She was a sister ship of the Gaulois and Charlemagne, and took part in the Dardanelles campaign. She remained in service – albeit as a hulk – until 1933!
1900: The submarine Espadon under construction.
1905: The old battleship Devastation. She was launched in 1879 and remained in service until 1922, although by then she was a training hulk. The tumblehome shape of the sides of her hull is very noticeable in this photograph.
1910: A close-up of part of the destroyer Bombarde.
1910: The dreadnought battleship Jean Bart under construction.
1911: The Jean Bart during her fitting out. She was renamed L’Ocean in 1937.