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<th colspan="2" height="30pt" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Class overview</th> </tr><tr valign=top><td>Name:</td><td> Palestro class</td></tr><tr valign=top><td>Operators:</td><td> Civil and Naval Ensign of France.svg French Navy</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td>Preceded by:</td><td> Dévastation class</td></tr><tr valign="top"><td>Succeeded by:</td><td> Embuscade class</td></tr><tr valign=top><td>Built:</td><td> 1859–1862</td></tr><tr valign=top><td>In service:</td><td> 1862–1871</td></tr><tr valign=top><td>Completed:</td><td> 4</td></tr><tr valign=top><td>Scrapped:</td><td> 4</td></tr>

<th colspan="2" height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">General characteristics </th></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Type:</td><td> Ironclad floating battery</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Displacement:</td><td> 1,560 metric tons (1,540 long tons)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Length:</td><td> 47.5 m (155 ft 10 in)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Beam:</td><td> 14.04 m (46 ft 1 in)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Draft:</td><td> 3 m (9.8 ft) (mean)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Installed power:</td><td> 150 nhp (580 ihp)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Propulsion:</td><td> Twin screw, FCM steam engine</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Speed:</td><td> 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Complement:</td><td> 212</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Armament:</td><td> 12 × 160mm guns
later 2 of the 160mm guns were replaced by 1 x 40mm gun</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Armor:</td><td> Hull: 120 mm (4.7 in) wrought iron</td></tr>

The Palestro-class ironclad floating batteries were four floating batteries built for the French Navy in 1859-62 to replace the Crimean War-built vessels because of fears that the 1855 ships would deteriorate because they had been built hurriedly with poor wood.

Name Built at Laid down Launched
Palestro Arman, Bordeaux 1859 August 1862
Pei-ho Arman, Bordeaux 1859 September 1862
Saigon Arman, Bordeaux 1859 September 1862
Paixhans Arman, Bordeaux 1859 September 1862


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  • Caruana, J.; Koehler, R. B. (1996). "Question 7/95: French Ironclad Floating Batteries". Toledo, Ohio: International Naval Research Organization. pp. 416–18. ISSN 0043-0374. 
  • Gardiner, Robert, ed (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4. 

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