French cruiser Kléber
Kléber in the U.S. before World War I
|Builder:||Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde|
|Laid down:||April 1898|
|Launched:||20 September 1902|
|Fate:||Sunk 27 June 1917|
|Class and type:||Dupleix-class armoured cruiser|
|Displacement:||7,700 tonnes (7,578 long tons)|
|Length:||130 m (426 ft 6 in)|
|Beam:||17.87 m (58 ft 8 in)|
|Draft:||7.4 m (24 ft 3 in)|
|Propulsion:||3 shafts; 3 triple-expansion steam engines|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
During World War I, while serving in the Gallipoli campaign, Kléber collided with the Royal Australian Navy troopship HMT Boorara in the Aegean Sea in July 1915, forcing Boorara to beach herself on Mudros. After service off Gallipoli and in the Aegean, Kléber was refitted at Bordeaux in 1916 before sailing to Dakar, French West Africa as flagship of the 6th Squadron.
Returning to France, On 27 June 1917 off Pointe de St-Matthieu, Kléber struck a mine laid by German U-boat UC-61 and sank in Bay of Biscay off the Iroise entrance to Brest, France, with the loss of 42 of her crew, the rest being saved by escorting destroyers.
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