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Étoile (A 649)

Namesake: French ship Étoile
Launched: 1932
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class & 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)
  • Sail
  • 1 285 HP Baudouin Diesel engine
  • up to 12.5 knots under sail
  • 6 to 8 knots typical speed
  • 9 knots on diesel
  • 1 officer
  • 5 non-commissioned officers
  • 10 quartermasters
  • 20 trainees

The 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, the Belle Poule.

Both the Étoile and the 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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