Zylpha 01

 

 Zylpha 01

 

Official Number:                     102873 

Laid down:

Builder:                                     J L Thompson & Sons, North Sands, Sunderland

Pennant No:                            Y 3.139 / Q. 6

Launched:                               3 May 1894

Into Service:                            1 August 1914

Out of service:                         15 June 1917

Fate:                                          15 June 1917 torpedoed and sank while in tow

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of a group of additional ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the RFA

Career Data:

 

3 May 1894 launched by J L Thompson & Sons, North Sands, Sunderland as Yard No: 317 named Zylpha for Turner. Brightman & Co., London

June 1894 completed

1 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier - name unchanged - until 18 September 1915

19 September 1915 re-deployed as a Commissioned Miscellaneous Vessel (Decoy Ship) as HMS ZYLPHA until ...

11 June 1917 torpedoed and damaged by German submarine U-82 (Hans Adam) SW of Ireland in positioned 51.20N 11.00W with the loss of 1 life. Most of the remainer of the crew were rescued by the American Destroyer USS Warrington which had picked up the Q-Ship's distress call

14 June 1917 taken in tow by the sloop HMS DAFFODIL

15 June 1917 sank in tow near Great Skellig Rocks off Bolus Head, Co Kerry

 

Notes:

Was one of the three original Decoy Ships whose 1st Lieutenant (Harold Auten) was later on to win the V.C. in a Q-ship of his own - HMS STOCKFORCE - which sank German Submarine UB-80

 

 

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