There's a picture of the port side of CARNOT at quay in Brest in 1905 on
which you can clearly see the three side turrets of 138.6, 274 and 138.6 mm
respectively. By the way, because the guns are in armoured cylindrical
turrets, no mechanism is visible. Other pictures of BOUVET, MASSENA,
JAUREGUIBERRY, CHARLEMAGNE, SAINT-LOUIS and GAULOIS show the same guns in
single and twin turrets, but the pictures are external, overall side views
and no detail of the breech is visible. All of this is in "Cent ans de
cuirassés français" by Eric Gille, Marines Editions, ISBN 2 909 675 50 5, on
pages 91 through 99.
A better picture shows a deck-mounted 138.6 in open mount being operated
during a drill, with breech opened, but I suspect it is an older type. It's
on "Au cartahu", by Jean-Charles Meyer, Editions Serres, ISBN 2-86410-057-6,
on page 81. It's a book of ancient postcards, no technical details are
As Peter Skelton told it, there are a (very) few technical data on the 1891
model in John Campbell's "Naval Weapons of WW II", with line drawings of
more recent mountings (BRETAGNE class). Propellant and shell were separated,
not in a single cartridge (that's also obvious on the last picture I
If you are interested in the pictures, let me know, I'll try and put my
scanner back to working order.
Post by old hoodoo
I am looking for references on French Naval Ordnance around 1890-1895,
primarily looking for pics of Schnieder and Canet 14cm guns and their
QF ammuninition. Can't find anything on the net, but assume there have to
be some French language books somewhere in France.