FR Bourrasque


Bourrasque was a destroyer laid down at Ateliers et Chantiers de France in November 1923 as part of a program to renew the French Navy after First World War. She was launched in August 1925 and commissioned in September the following year. She participated in the Allied evacuation of Dunkirk 30. May 1940, Operation Dynamo, and had on her last journey 600 French soldiers on board. Near the buoy at Nieuwport she was taken under fire from a German artillery battery and hit. She started to flood, and the crew and the French soldiers had to abandon ship. It is believed that 41 soldiers lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck was found by sport divers in 1984. and rest today on a depth of 25 meter about thirteen nautical miles northeast of Dunkirk. Also see the wreck of the destroyer Foudroyant.

Former names:
FR Bourrasque

347,9 x 33,0 x 14,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1458 grt Dunquerque ( F ) 1925  ( F )

51 ° 14 '964 N 02 ° 33 '026 E
( Source: Plongee Infos )
  Picture: Bourrasque sinking
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Public domain

Last updated: May 2015