Danton was a pre-dreadnought battleshipof the French Navy and the leadship of her class. She was a technologicalleap in battleship development for the French Navy, as she was the firstship in the fleet with turbine engines However, like all battleships of her type, she was completed after the RoyalNavy battleship HMS Dreadnought, and as suchshe was outclassed before she was even commissioned.
During her career Danton was sent to GreatBritain to honor the coronation of George V, and later served in WorldWar I as an escort for supply ships and trooptransports, guarding them from elements of the Austro-HungarianNavy. She was also assigned to help keep the YavuzSultan Selim, a nominally Turkishbut de facto German battlecruiser, out of the Mediterranean Sea.
While en route to aid a blockade she was torpedoed and sunk on 19 March 1917 by a German U-boat, leaving 296 men dead. The location of the wreck remained a mystery until an underwater survey team inadvertently discovered the battleship in December 2007. In February 2009, the wreckwas confirmed to be Danton. The ship is in remarkably good shape for her age. Danton restsupright on the ocean floor, and most of the original equipment isreported to be intact.