Ships hit by U-boats


French Fleet oiler

Type:Fleet oiler
Tonnage2,785 tons
Completed1910 - Chantier de Normandie, Grand Quévilly, Rouen 
OwnerVichy French Navy 
Date of attack19 Dec 1940Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position28° 03'N, 12° 54'W - Grid DH 96
Complement? men (11 dead and ? survivors).
RouteCasablanca - Dakar 
CargoFuel oil 
History Completed in May 1910 as steam tanker Radioleine for Société Pétrole-Transports, Marseilles. 1911 taken over as fleet oiler by the French Navy and renamed Rhône
Notes on event

At 16.40 hours on 19 Dec 1940, U-37 torpedoed and sank the Vichy French vessels Rhône and Sfax (Q 182) by mistake seven miles off Cape Juby, Morocco. Neither torpedo reports nor statements concerning this incident can be found in the KTB of the U-boat. Actually the entry simply reads DJ 9285 - Nothing to see, but the stated grid is situated on land in the Sahara.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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