Mosquet was a French destroyer of the Arquebuse class laid down at A.C de la Loire in St.Nazaire in November 1900, and was launched in August 1902.  After completing sea trials that same year, she was assigned to the East Asia squadron. After the outbreak of World War One, the German East Asia squadron sat sail for Europe from their base in Tsingtao. The light cruiser SMS Emden split from the squadron and went for a solo run to wreck havoc on enemy installations and ships. In the morning 28.October 1914, the Emden engaged the Russian cruiser Zhemchug in the inner harbor of Georgetown. After a quick battle Zhemzug went down in the deep, and Emden came under fire from two other French destroyers, the Fronde and D'Iberville. She disregarded this in-accurate fire and headed out for the open seas where she spotted the French destroyer Mousquet steaming for Georgetown. After a five minute battle she went down and of her of crew of 80 men, only 36 were picked up by Emden.  A memorial can be seen today at the front of the Church of Assumption in Penang. The wreck was illegally salvaged in the early 2000's and heavily crapped on site, and the few remains that's left rest today on a depth of 15 meter.

Former names:
M 16
191,2 x 20,1 x 10,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
  298 disp ( std )
St. Nazaire ( F ) 1902
( F )

Official position N 5 38 E 100 25
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Pictures: Mousquet
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Picture: Mousquet's anchor at Penang Museum
With permission from Dave Ray

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Last updated: January 2021