Requisitioned Auxiliary – Languedoc

 

14 July 1937 launched by Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen as Yard Nr 627 named ACTOR for Mosvold Shipping, Panama.

September 1937 completed

1938 purchased by Societe Francaise des Transports Petroliers a Paris, Le Havre and renamed LANGUEDOC

1940 seized by Britain after the fall of France, acquired by the MoWT under management of  J.I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London and requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler, name unchanged.

 

 

 

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Official Number:                       171459 

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Builder:                                   Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen

Launched:                               14 July 1937

Into Service:                            1940

Out of service:                         1940

Fate:                                      17 October 1940 torpedoed and sunk

 

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Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

 

Career Data:

 

14 July 1937 launched by Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen as Yard Nr 627 named ACTOR for Mosvold Shipping, Panama.

September 1937 completed

1938 purchased by Societe Francaise des Transports Petroliers a Paris, Le Havre and renamed LANGUEDOC

9 September 1939 sailed Corpus Christie

23 September 1939 sailed Halifax in convoy HX2 with a cargo of crude oil to Le Havre arriving 8 October 1939

28 October 1939 sailed Le Havre independently to Brest arriving 30 October 1939

2 November 1939 sailed Brest independently to Verdon arriving the next day

3 November 1939 sailed in convoy 9XF to Casablanca arriving 7 November 1939

10 November 1939 sailed Casablanca in convoy KF25 to Dakar arriving 15 November 1939

15 November 1939 sailed Dakar independently

15 December 1939 sailed Casablanca to Toulon arriving 20 December 1939

25 January 1940 sailed Casablanca independently 

29 January 1940 sailed Toulon independently to Casablanca arriving 7 March 1940

9 March 1940 sailed Casablanca in convoy KS74 to Brest arriving 16 March 1940

23 March 1940 sailed Brest

19 April 1940 sailed Verdon in convoy 50XF to Casablanca arriving 24 April 1940

4 May 1940 arrived Aruba 

6 May 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Martinique arriving 9 May 1940

10 May 1940 sailed Martinique independently to Casablanca arriving 22 May 1940

23 May 1940 sailed Casablanca independently to Brest arriving 29 May 1940

5 June 1940 saild Verdon in convoy 62XF to Casablanca arriving 9 June 1940

24 June 1940 sailed Fort De France independently to Curacao arriving 27 June 1940

1940 seized by Britain after the fall of France, acquired by the MoWT under management of  J.I. Jacobs & Co Ltd, London and requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler, name unchanged

14 July 1940 sailed Curacao independently to Trinidad arriving 16 July 1940

16 September 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to Bermuda arriving 24 September 1940

25 September 1940 sailed Bermuda independently to Sydney, Cape Breton arriving 1 October 1940

5 October 1940 sailed Sydney, Cape Breton in convoy SC7

17 October 1940 while part of convoy SC7 torpedoed and sunk by U-48 in the Atlantic 158 miles NW of Rockall
in position 59.14 N 17.51 W while on passage from Trinidad to the Clyde via Sydney, C.B. carrying 13700t of fuel oil.
All 39 of her complement were rescued by the corvette HMS BLUEBELL and were landed at Gourock 3 days later