British Steam merchant
|Completed||1910 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||21 Jan 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-28 (Günter Kuhnke)|
|Position||51° 31'N, 4° 04'W - Grid AM 9863|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool - Barry|
|History||Completed in January 1910 |
|Notes on event|
At 09.36 hours on 21 Jan 1940 the Protesilaus (Master Alfred Henry Dennistoun Shand) struck a mine laid on 5 Dec 1939 by U-28 in the Bristol Channel off Rotherslade southwest of Swansea. The badly damaged vessel was towed to the Swansea Bay and beached. The crew was rescued by the British M/S trawler HMS Paramount (FY 954) (Skipper C.E. Blowers, RNR) and landed at Swansea.
The Protesilaus was later refloated and towed to Greenock but declared a total loss. In September 1940 she was taken in tow by the British tugs Empire Henchman and HMS Abeille XXII to Scapa Flow for use as a blockship, but on 13 September the ship sprung a leak and had to be sunk by gunfire about 5 miles northwest of the Skerryvore Lighthouse, Argyllshire.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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