french Marine Nationale Française - French Navy Moussaillon (AD 79) [+1940]
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general
nationality french
purpose war
type minesweeper
propulsion
date built 1932
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 392 
dimensions 30.13 x 6.42 x 3.8 m
engine 1 diesel engine
power 380  h.p.
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about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 01/06/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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builder
Smit P. Jnr. - Machinefabriek & Scheepswerf P. Smit
owner
Marine Nationale Française - French Navy
captain Bourgain P. M.
about the wreck
depth (m.) 34 max. / 27 min. (m)
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protected
war grave
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entered by Jan Lettens
entered 01/07/2002
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last update 02/08/2013
 
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[1] Jan Lettens15/04/2008
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Jan Lettens15/08/2007

French divers also call her 'petit voilier' because of the shape of her hull. Good visibility. [Dive Aug 2007] Wreck between 27 and 34 meters. Canon at the front. Stands proud. Several entries to the cargo. Mussels at the bow. Big prop and rudder intact.

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Jan Lettens18/10/2008One of the three wrecks sunk on 1st June 1940 on the same place. (Denis Papin, Vénus and Moussaillon).

During their third voyage between Dunkirk and England, the auxiliary tug ´Denis Papin´ (408 persons on board) accompanied by the ´Vénus´ (218 persons), the ´´Moussaillon´´ (319 persons) and ´´Président Briant´´ (283 persons) leave the port of Dover.

At 15h00, they are under constant fire from the 155mm ground batteries at Gravelines. At 16h30, they are attacked by 8 bomber stukas.

Denis Papin sinks first in 30sec time, followed by ´Vénus´ and ´Moussaillon´. Only the tug ´Président Briant´ can escape.
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