French submarine Eurydice (S644)

Eurydice was a French submarine, one of nine of the Daphné class.

Flore, sister ship of Eurydice
Name: Eurydice
Launched: 19 June 1962
Commissioned: 26 September 1964
Out of service: 4 March 1970
Homeport: Saint-Tropez
Identification: S644
Fate: Lost in accident 4 March 1970
General characteristics
Class and type: Daphné-class submarine
  • 869 tonnes surfaced
  • 1,043 tonnes submerged
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
  • Submerged: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • Snorkelling: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
  • Surfaced: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: Surfaced: 10,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)
Endurance: 30 days
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.

See also


    • "Mystery of French submarine disasters can never be unveiled". Submariners World. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
    • "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.

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