Submarine of the Surcouf class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||Arsenal de Cherbourg (Cherbourg, France)|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1927|
|Launched||18 Nov 1929|
|Commissioned||3 May 1934|
|Lost||18 Feb 1942|
|Loss position||10° 40'N, 79° 31'W|
Seized on 3 July 1940 by the British while at Plymouth.
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Notable events involving Surcouf include:
3 Jul 1940
While at Devonport, HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) was moored close to the French battleship Paris (Capitaine de vaisseau (Capt.) P.L. Guillerm) and the submarine Surcouf (Capitaine de corvette (Lt.Cdr.) P.M.H. Martin).
In the early hours boarding parties were sent to these two french ships to take over control of them.
On board the Surcouf they met with resistance and and the first man to enter the French submarine, Leading Seaman Albert Webb of HMS Revenge was shot dead by a French officer. In turn, the French officer, was shot dead by the British officer who was following Leading Seaman Webb.
19 Feb 1941
HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch bound for Halifax, Canada. From that base she is to protect convoys from being attacked by German surface raiders.
- ADM 199/1115
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.