North Carolina,USA

Silvanus was a steam tanker laid down by South Western Shipbuilding Company, and was launched in 1921 for the Dutch company Nederlandsc Indische Tankstomboot Maatschappij. She was auctioned five years later after a accident that largely destroyed her to Petroleum Navigation Company in Houston. They rebuilt her and launched her with the new name Papoose. Under a journey to Texas in ballast she was spotted and torpedoed by the German uboat U-124 under command of Korvettenkapitän Johann Mohr 19. March 1942 outside Cape Hatteras. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 32 to 58 meter southeast of Nags Head.

Former names:

125,6 x 16,2 x 9,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5939 grt
San Pedro ( US ) 1921
Houston ( US )

35°37'33.7"N 74°53'28.0"W
( Source: NOAA )

Picture: Papoose
Courtesy of Essex Museum, Public domain

Last updated: August 2019