Requisitioned Auxiliary – Zylpha


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 under 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

7 May 1894 the Shields Daily News newspaper reported …


7 5 1894 Shields Daily News Zylpha


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, Irelan



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