|Dutch East Indies|
|Owner:||Nederlandsch-Indische Tankstoomboot Maatschappij|
|Builder:||Southwestern Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, San Pedro, California|
|Out of service:||1926|
|Owner:||Petroleum Navigation Company|
|In service:||March 1927|
|Out of service:||March 1942|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk, 19 March 1942|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||412 ft (126 m)|
|Beam:||53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft 8 in (7.82 m)|
|Propulsion:||Reciprocating steam engine, single screw|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
SS Papoose was an oil tanker built in 1921 by the Southwestern Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in San Pedro, California as SS Silvanus for the Nederlandsch-Indische Tankstoomboot Maatschappij ("Dutch-Indies Steam Tanker Company"). In 1926 Silvanus collided with the tanker Thomas H. Wheeler in the Mississippi River, resulting in the death of 26 seamen. The Silvanus was declared a total loss and rebuilt in Beaumont, Texas.
It started operating as the Papoose for the Petroleum Navigation Company in Houston, Texas in March 1927. In March 1942, it was attacked by German U-boat U-124 off the coast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. It drifted for several days and eventually sank in 200 feet (61 m) of water off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.
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