After the Tonnerre class, a lighter pair of coastal monitors was built alongside the one-off design of Tonnant. After that came the unique Furieux, then the Terribles. Four more coastal ships authorized at the end of the 1880s; these would comprise two classes, the Jemmapes and the Bouvines. Jemmapes and her sister Valmy featured the trademark low freeboard, as seen here on Jemmapes herself. Bouvines and Amiral Tréhouart were built with a forecastle deck for increased freeboard. - Jemmapes and Valmy carried larger guns and thicker armor as a result of their lower freeboard. They were equipped with 2 x 340mm (13.4”) in two single turrets, keeping with the monitor tradition. The Bouvines had to carry 2 x 305mm (12”) as a trade-off for balance. - The interesting appearance of the two low freeboard ships ran directly parallel to the trend for French battleships at the beginning of the 1890s, as we shall start to see in the next post. However, both Jemmapes and Valmy were deemed useless earlier than their high freeboard counterparts; they were both removed from service in 1911 while the others existed as submarine tenders for a decade longer.