Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Daphne under her former name Eos. Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,513 tons
Completed1890 - Edwards´ Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-upon-Tyne 
OwnerSkeppsredare I. Fagræus, Stockholm 
Date of attack4 Dec 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position38° 12'N, 9° 26'W - Grid CG 5837
Complement19 (18 dead and 1 survivor).
ConvoyOG-46 (straggler)
RouteGlasgow - Lisbon 
History Completed in March 1890 as British Naparima (1685 grt) for Caw, Prentice, Clapperton & Co, Glasgow. Later sold to Sweden and owned by Axel Ingmansson, Karlshamn.

On 10 May 1918, the Naparima (Master E.A. Carlsson) was torpedoed and damaged by UB-107 (Howaldt) off Robin Hood´s Bay. The vessel was en route from Gothenburg to Grimsby via Bergen with a cargo of timber and 122 sacks of mail. One of the 19 crew members was injured (A.W. Johansson). She was towed by the British salvage steamer Recovery to the coast at Scarborough, where the cargo was discharged and temporary repairs were made. On 21 May, the ship left the coast under own power and sailed to West Hartlepool for permanent repairs.

1918 renamed Bolivia for Rederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg. 1934 sold to Estonia and renamed Eos for K. Mitt, Tallinn. 1940 sold back to Sweden and renamed Daphne for Skeppsredare I. Fagræus, Stockholm. 
Notes on event

At 04.57 hours on 4 Dec 1940 the unescorted Daphne, a straggler from convoy OG-46, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-37 and sank within three minutes southwest of Cabo Espichel, Portugal.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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