Notes and disclaimers: This list takes no account of whether a ship was fit to fight or not. If the references said the ship was in the French Navy in August, 1914, it is listed.
I have not given up on light craft, but that will take more time.
Ships of the same class were often scattered between different units. As far as possible, ships of the same class in the same unit are listed on the same line.
Wargamers looking for as many ships as possible, take note: many ships that made it to 1914 had sister ships that were scrapped before the war. The presence of some ships in one class is not - repeat, not - any indicator that other ships in the class took part in the war.
Protected cruisers and torpedo cruisers are lumped into a "flotilla leader" (FL) category. Predreadnoughts are called BA, a classification that is a fiction of mine.
A couple of purely personal observations are indicated by the intials "D.Th." I would also guess that ships listed as "reserve" or "normal reserve" are manned by core crews that are filled out by reservists upon mobilization, and ships listed as "special reserve" are mothballed until mobilization. Some ships that appear to have been in reserve or assigned to a special duty have a "?" put in a note beside to warn the user that the ship's role is not confirmed.
1ST FLEET (Toulon)
(Commander in Chief's section)
BB: Courbet (fleet flag), Jean Bart
FL: Jurien de la Graviere
1ST BATTLE SQUADRON
BB: France, Paris (These two ships were very new. They were at sea when the war began, returning from a shakedown cruise and diplomatic mission to St. Petersburg.)
BA: Danton, Condorcet, Diderot, Mirabeau, Vernaud, Voltaire
2ND BATTLE SQUADRON
BA: Verite (f), Democratie, Justice
SUPPLEMENTARY DIVISION (Manned by reservists?)
BA: Suffern (f)
Galois, Saint Louis
BA: Charlemagne, Jaureguiberry
BA: Charles Martel
Massena (This ship was hulked in 1915. Therefore, it could be in bad shape. D.Th.)
Requin (Very old D.Th))
Marceau (Not active: used by the torpedo school)
1ST ARMORED CRUISER SQUADRON
AC:Waldeck Rosseau (f), Edgar Quinet
Leon Gambetta, Jules Ferry, Victor Hugo
Jules Michlet (reserve)
SPECIAL UNIT AT CRETE
NORMAL RESERVE (Whereabouts unknown)
SPECIAL RESERVE (Morocco)
AC: Amiral Charner
SPECIAL DETAIL (Morocco?)
2nd Cruiser Squadron (Cherborg)
AC: Marseillase(f), Conde, Amiral Aube
Desaix, Kleber (both reserve)
TRAINING SQUADRON (Channel)
Glorie Jean d'Arc
SPECIAL RESERVE (used as minelayers, Channel and Bay of Biscay)
SPECIAL RESERVE (also Channel/Biscay)
ALSO IN CHANNEL
AC: Descartes - West Indies (Martinique)
Dupleix - Far East
Montcalm - South Pacific
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