Mousqueton (1902)

Mousqueton underway during her service life. Photo by Marius Barr.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1901
Launched
1902
Commissioned
1904
Decommissioned
1920
AD/BC
AD
History

One of the French Arquebuse-class destroyers, Mousqueton (not to be confused with her sister Mousquet) was laid down in 1901, and entered service in 1904. Operating in the Mediterranean, Mousqueton was one of the ships used in early wireless radio test by the French navy. Her mainmast was removed in 1908, to improve stability, which was a common problem in early French destroyers. She accidentally rammed and sank the French submarine Calypso on 7 July, 1914, but luckily all of the subs crew was rescued. Mousqueton remained in the Mediterranean for the duration of World War I, with her armament updated several times during the War, before decommissioning 10 May, 1920. She was scrapped shortly after.