The “Auvergne tower” formerly Pluto, May 1929.
A little apart, the cruiser Pluto was built as a training ship for the gunners and minelaying missions. She was assigned to Toulon and also served to train the officers of “La Royale”. In September 1939, Pluto, recently renamed “The Tower of Auvergne” was in Casablanca, preparing for a minelaying campaign. During an unfortunate manipulation during the loading, one of them saw one of its ores crashing into the ship and explode, causing the explosion of the ship itself killing hundreds instantly. The wreck was in such a state that it had to be blasted to disperse debris and clear the harbor.
Displacement: 4,773 t. standard – 6,550 t. Full Load
Dimensions: 152 m long, 15.60 m wide, 5.20 m draft.
Propulsion: 2 propellers, 2 Breguet turbines, 4 reduced tube boilers, 57,000 hp. Maximum operational speed 30 knots.
Armament: 4 pieces of 140 mm under masks, 2x37mm AA, 12×13,2 mm AA (3×4), 290 mines.