french Marine Nationale Française - French Navy Bourrasque (T41) (+1940)
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general
nationality french
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Bourrasque class destroyer
propulsion steam
date built 1925
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 1298  disp (surf)
dimensions 106 x 9.64 x 4.3 m
engine 2 geared steam turbines, 3 boilers, dual shaft
armament 4 x 130mm (5.1 in) guns, 2 x 37mm A.A. guns (2x1), 4 x 0.5" A.A. guns (4x1), 6 x 21.7"/550 mm torpedo tubes (2x3)
power 33000  i.h.p.
speed 33  knots
about the loss
cause lost coast batteries
date lost 30/05/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.41rank: 604
about people
builder
Ateliers et Chantiers De France, Dunkerque (Dunkirk)
owner
Marine Nationale Française - French Navy
captain Cdr. C. F. Fouque
complement 145
about the wreck
depth (m.) 25 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave yes
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 01/07/2002
last update Lettens Jan
last update 30/05/2012
 
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[1] Lettens Jan25/12/2013
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Lettens Jan25/12/2013

Only a part of the wreck is above the sand these days, mainly the bowsection and a part of the engineroom. The sternsection has completely vanished under the sand. This destroyer was identified only in 1984 after the finding of French ammunition (130 mm shells) and finally by her ensign (head of a wild boar).

Buceador11/09/2007

ligt bijna volledig verzand , en er liggen nog stukken verspreid rond het wrak. er blijft dus niet zoveel meer over van dit wrak , maar als uitwijkwrak kan men er nog een leuk duikje op maken . steekt nog ongeveer 2m boven de bodem uit en 20m lengte - 4m breedte nog te zien.(geschatte waarden)

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Lettens Jan25/12/2013Bourrasque

French Navy Destroyer; 1925; Chantiers de France; Dunkirk; 1.458 tons; 347x33x13.7; 33.000 ihp; 33 knots; turbine engines; four 5 in guns, two 37mm; 6 T.T.

The Bourrasque, Cdr. C.F. Fouque, was used in May 1940 to evacuate Dunquerque. On May 30th, the Bourrasque was on its way with 600 French soldiers on board when it got shot by a coastal gunsection at Nieuwpoort. Approx. 5 miles from the Nieuwpoortse buoy, the ship was hit and water was running into the ship.

The crew of the Branlebas heard a heavy explosion nearby. It appears to be on the sternsection of the Bourrasque, which was sinking fast. Panic made crew and passengers jumping over board and into the live boats. By a number of ships, some 559 people were saved. The last 15 were completely covered with oil.
Zutterman Jurgen17/01/2008Gezonken: 30 mei 1940 Pers. aan boord: 600 Slachtoffers: 41 Oorzaak: Beschoten door een kustbatterij
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