Étoile (A 649)

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History
France
Name: Étoile
Namesake: "star"
Launched: 1932
Identification:
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 225 tonnes
Length: 37.50 m (123.0 ft)
Beam: 7.40 m (24.3 ft)
Draught: 3.65 m (12.0 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Sail
  • 1 × 285 hp (213 kW) Baudouin diesel engine
Speed:
  • 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h) under sail
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) on diesel
Complement:
  • 1 officer
  • 5 non-commissioned officers
  • 10 quartermasters
  • 20 trainees

Étoile ("star") is a French naval schooner used as a training vessel.

She was launched on 8 February 1932, she is a replica of a type of fishing vessel which was used until 1935 off Iceland. She has a sister ship, Belle Poule.

Both Étoile and Belle Poule joined the Free French Forces during the Second World War, a deed for which they are still honoured by flying the French flag with the cross of Lorraine.

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