SS Phryné

SS Phryné was a French cargo ship that hit a mine laid by U-13 in the North Sea 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) off the Aldeburgh Lightship, while she was travelling from Immingham, United Kingdom to Bayonne, France.

Name: Phryné
Owner: Société Navale Caennaise (Lamy G. & Cie)
Port of registry: Rouen, France
Builder: Société des Chantiers de Normandie - Laporte & Cie.
Completed: 1938
Maiden voyage: 1938
In service: 1938
Out of service: 24 September 1939
Fate: Struck a mine and sunk
General characteristics
Type: cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,660 GRT
Length: 98.3 metres (322 ft 6 in)
Beam: 13.3 metres (43 ft 8 in)
Depth: 6.5 metres (21 ft 4 in)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propeller
Speed: 11 knots


Phryné was constructed in 1938 at the Société des Chantiers de Normandie - Laporte & Cie. shipyard in Rouen, France. She was completed in 1938 and she was named Phryné and served from 1938 until her demise in 1939.

The ship was 98.3 metres (322 ft 6 in) long, with a beam of 13.3 metres (43 ft 8 in) and a depth of 6.5 metres (21 ft 4 in). The ship was assessed at 2,660 GRT. She had a Triple expansion steam engine driving a single screw propeller and one boiler. The engine was rated at 225 nhp.


On 24 September 1939, Phryné was on a voyage from Immingham, United Kingdom to Bayonne, France when she hit a mine laid by the German submarine U-13 in the North Sea. The crew were rescued by the Royal Navy destroyers Boreas and Brazen. There were no casualties.[1]


The wreck position is currently unknown.


  1. "Phryné". Wrecksite. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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