Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage9,242 tons
Completed1930 - Deutsche Werft, Betrieb Reiherstiegwerft, Hamburg 
OwnerCompagnie Nationale de Navigation, Paris 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-68 (Karl-Friedrich Merten)
Position11° 50'N, 73° 40'W - Grid EC 8445
Complement60 (60 dead - no survivors)
RouteAruba - CoveƱas, Colombia 
History Completed in January 1930 
Notes on event

At 20.34 hours on 15 June 1942 the neutral Frimaire was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-68, capsized and sank by the stern northeast of Barranquilla, Colombia. Merten had seen French nationality markings without the yellow boarder for the Vichy government and correctly identified the tanker, but did not know about neutral traffic in this area and assumed that the ship had been seized and was en route to Panama. Only after the sinking he was told by the BdU that this had been a Vichy French tanker operating under Portuguese charter and his attack had been wrong.

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