SS Papoose

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 Dutch East Indies
Name: SS Silvanus
Owner: Nederlandsch-Indische Tankstoomboot Maatschappij
Builder: Southwestern Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, San Pedro, California
Launched: 1921
Acquired: September 1921
In service: 1921
Out of service: 1926
  • Damaged by fire, 1926
  • Sold, 1927
 United States
Name: SS Papoose
Owner: Petroleum Navigation Company
Acquired: 1927
In service: March 1927
Out of service: March 1942
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk, 19 March 1942
General characteristics [1]
Type: Oil tanker
Tonnage: 5,939 GRT
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[2] in San Pedro, California as SS Silvanus[3] for the Nederlandsch-Indische Tankstoomboot Maatschappij ("Dutch-Indies Steam Tanker Company").[4] 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.[3]

It started operating as the Papoose for the Petroleum Navigation Company in Houston, Texas in March 1927.[3] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Hudy, Paul M. (2005). "PAPOOSE". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ Colton, Tim (27 April 2011). "Southwestern Shipbuilding & Drydock Company". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Barnette, Michael C. (2007). "The Wreck of the Papoose". Association of Underwater Explorers. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  4. ^ "Silvanus". Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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Coordinates: 34°17′N 76°39′W / 34.283°N 76.650°W / 34.283; -76.650