Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Sylvia under her former name Najaden. Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,524 tons
Completed1883 - H.S. Edwards, Sons & Craig, Howden-upon-Tyne 
OwnerRederi-A/B Sylvia (Albert Billner), Gothenburg 
Date of attack13 Jan 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position58° 45'N, 1° 12'W - Grid AN 4141
Complement20 (20 dead - no survivors)
RouteHull (9 Jan) - Aberdeen (12 Jan) - Gothenburg 
CargoGeneral 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 event

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.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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