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The French cruiser Scorff arrived~from Port Chalmers yesterday, and during the afternoon was brought to a berth just ahead of H.M.S. Rapid. The Scorff belongs to the French South Pacific fleet, and her work lies chiefly in and around the islands of New Caledonia. She is just now on a flying visit to New Zealand, and will leave for Wellington on Monday. She is an unprotected cruiser, built of wood, and launched from the yards at POrient in j 1882. She is of 1500 tons displacement, 800 I horse-power, and has a coal capacity of 200 tons. Her speed is set down as ten and a half knots per hour, She is barque-rigged, and is provided with double topsail yards, a rarity in vessels of war. Her principal armament consists of four fifteen - centimetre . breech-loading guns, of the Krupp pattern, while the usual smaller pieces and machine guns are also to be seen on board. Her complement of men is 125. The French do not keep up a very formidable squadron in the Pacific, andthe cruiser Duguay Trouin, which, it will . be remembered, visited this port a couple of years ago, is the flagship of the station. The following is a list of the officers of the Scorff .* — Captain Lecomte, Lieutenants Doublet (second in command), Cosmas Dumanoir, Flembard and Picot, SubLieutenants Dupond, d'Hestreaux, Chovel, Destremeaux, Dnkers and Dv Brossay. Paymaster, M. Loafcil. Dr Rougier, the surgeon, is a member of the Pasteur Institute of Paris. The vessel is almost at the end of her present commission. From this port she proceeds to Wellington and Auckland, and, after making a short visit to Noumea, proceeds to France to pay off. j Her place will then be filled by a more modem vessel.

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Star, Star, Issue 5511, 11 March 1896

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THE FRENCH WARSHIP SCORFF. Star, Issue 5511, 11 March 1896