French Fleet oiler
|Completed||1910 - Chantier de Normandie, Grand Quévilly, Rouen|
|Owner||Vichy French Navy|
|Date of attack||19 Dec 1940||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||28° 03'N, 12° 54'W - Grid DH 96|
|Complement||? men (11 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Casablanca - Dakar|
|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 board||We have details of 12 people who were on board.|
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