French submarine Eurydice (S644)
Flore, sister ship of Eurydice
|Launched:||19 June 1962|
|Commissioned:||26 September 1964|
|Out of service:||4 March 1970|
|Fate:||Lost in accident 4 March 1970|
|Class and type:||Daphné-class submarine|
|Length:||57.75 m (189.5 ft)|
|Beam:||6.74 m (22.1 ft)|
|Draught:||5.25 m (17.2 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600 shp|
|Range:||Surfaced: 10,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)|
|Test depth:||300 m (980 ft)|
On 4 March 1970, while diving in calm seas off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, 35 miles (56 km) east of Toulon, a geophysical laboratory picked up the shock waves of an underwater explosion. French and Italian search teams found an oil slick and a few bits of debris, including a part that bore the name Eurydice.
The cause of the explosion was never determined. All 57 crew were lost.
The USNS Mizar took part in a search for the missing Eurydice and on 22 April 1970 they discovered several large pieces of wreckage in depths from 600 to 1100 metres off Cape Camarat near Saint-Tropez.
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- "Daphné the Doomed". Time. 16 March 1970. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "Historique du sous-marin Eurydice" (in French). Net-Marine. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "La Flotte de guerre française en 1968" (in French). Net-Marine. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "La Tragédie de La Minerve" (in French). Retrieved 2019-07-16.
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