Kléber was a Dupleix class armored cruiser laid down by Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde in Bordeaux in 1899. She was launched in September 1902 and was commissioned in Marine Nationale two years later. She was assigned to Escadre de la Méditerranée and three years later to Division de l'Atlantique. After the outbreak of The Great War she was used as an escort in the English Channel, and participated in thh Gallipolii Campaign in 1915. She was assigned to protect the Entente shipping in the Atlantic in 1916 and was transferred to Brest. En route to Brest she struck a mine 27.June 1917 outside Iroise. She stayed aflot for another twirty minutes before she disappeared in the deep. 38 men lost their lives in the sinking. The remains of her rest today on a depth of 40 to 45 meter southwest of Point St. Mathieu.

Former names:

433,5 x 58,5 x 24,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7700 displ ( std )
Bordeaux ( F ) 1902
( F )

GPS ( WGS84 ): 48°17,136' N  4°50,495' W
( Source: Brepaves FR )

Kléber in June 1907
Courtesy of US
Library of Congress, Public domain

Last updated: February 2021