ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
VIKINGS
Type
STEAM TRAWLER
Date
1935
Description
Yard Number: 732
Trial trip took place in November 1935.

French Patrol vessel seized by Britain in Operation Grab on 3 July 1940. In August 1940 commissioned in the Free French Navy as the A/S trawler, armed patrol vessel, FFL VIKINGS (P 41).

At 19.54 hours on 16 Apr, 1942, U-81 spotted a tanker and one escort vessel off the coast of Lebanon and fired at 20.38 and 20.39 hours two torpedoes each at both ships. FFL VIKINGS (LV Touchaleaume) exploded and sank 23 miles 240° from Beirut after being hit by a torpedo. At 21.48 hours, the U-boat fired two torpedoes at the Caspia and hit her with one torpedo in the bow. The tanker sank in flames 10 miles south of Beirut after being hit by a coup de grâce at 22.10 hours.
Complement: 57 (41 dead and 16 survivors)
Route: Haifa (16 Apr) - Tripoli, Syria
(Source: www.uboat.net)
Owner
Soc Anon Les Pecheries de Fecamp, Fecamp
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 207 1/12' x breadth 37 5/6' x depth 21'
gross tonnage: 1150 ton

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