SS REGINA ELENA, built by Off. e Cant. Liguri Anconitani, Ancona in 1907 and owned at the time of her loss by Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa, was an Italian ocean liner of 7940 tons. Sistership was PRINCIPE UMBERTO. She had twin screws and had a speed of 16 knots. There was accomodation for 25 passengers in 2nd class and 1100 in third class. Regina Elena was used in the Genova-Napoli-New York line and Genova - South America. In 1916 she was requisitioned as a troop transport. On January 4th, 1918, REGINA ELENA, on a voyage from Massowah (Massaua) to Tripoli with troops and a cargo of gold, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-20 (Otto Kümpel), 16 miles ENE from Tripoli.