Gloire was the lead ship of a class of French armored cruisers, begun at the end of the 19th Century. Laid down in 1899, Gloire commissioned 28 April, 1904. She could make 21 knots on her three triple-expansion steam engines, and carried an assortment of thirty-four medium and light guns, and five 450mm (17.7") torpedo tubes. Gloire had a fairly mundane career, serving in a training role at the outbreak of World War I, and conducting Channel patrols until 1915. She was then transferred to convoy duty, and served in this capacity in the Caribbean and Atlantic, colliding with the SS City of Athens, an American liner, in May, 1918. Gloire was retired from service in 1922, and sold and scrapped shortly after.