Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam tanker

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,011 tons
Completed1922 - Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux 
OwnerCompagnie Auxiliaire de Navigation, Paris 
HomeportLe Havre 
Date of attack22 Jun 1940Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)
Position47° 00'N, 5° 30'W - Grid BF 5466
Complement? men (? dead - no survivors)
RouteHaifa (27 May) - Le Havre 
Cargo10,000 tons of crude oil 
History Completed in March 1922 
Notes on event

At 18.04 hours on 22 June 1940 U-65 reported the sinking of an unescorted tanker of 7000 grt with a spread of two G7e torpedoes about 70 miles southwest of Penmarch in the Bay of Biscay. The ship was immediately covered in burning oil and apparently broke in two before it sank.

On 17 June the Monique had been re-routed to Brest and then to Belle-Ile due to the German advances, but was reported missing after being last seen by the French motor tanker Rhéa in the evening of 17 June. A radio message indicated that the ship had been attacked by aircraft off Verdon on 21 June, but it is more likely that she was sunk by this U-boat attack one day later because HMS Broke (D 83) (Cdr B.G. Scurfield, RN) reported that she scuttled a wreck identified as Monique in position 46°45N, 06°10W in the late evening of 22 June. The bodies of two of her sailors later washed ashore near La Coruña, Spain.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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