Le Foudre

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • After about 1900, aluminum was abandoned by navies as a major construction material because of corrosion issues in salt water.
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  • Before 1900
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  • With the construction of the Vendenesse, it was probably inevitable that the French navy would take an interest in aluminum boats. One result was Le Foudre, a torpedo boat tender (actually made in Britain) with a skin of sheet aluminum thicknesses varying from 1 mm. to 5 mm.