Swedish Steam merchant
|Completed||1883 - H.S. Edwards, Sons & Craig, Howden-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Rederi-A/B Sylvia (Albert Billner), Gothenburg|
|Date of attack||13 Jan 1940||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)|
|Position||58.45N, 01.12W - Grid AN 4141|
|Complement||20 (20 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Hull (9 Jan) - Aberdeen (12 Jan) - Gothenburg|
|Cargo||General cargo and coal|
|History||Completed in October 1883 as Merchant Prince for H.S. Edwards, Sons & Craig, Howden-upon-Tyne. 1900 sold to Sweden and renamed Najaden for Rederi-A/B Neptunus (W. Wingardh), Helsingborg. 1917 renamed Sylvia for Rederi-A/B Sylvia (Albert Billner), Gothenburg. |
|Notes on loss|
At 04.30 hours on 13 Jan, 1940, the unescorted and neutral Sylvia was hit amidships by a G7a torpedo from U-20 and sank within one minute with all hands northeast of Aberdeen. The ship was reported missing after leaving Aberdeen, only the body of a crewman was later recovered from a raft.
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