Allied Warships

HMS Proteus (N 29)

Submarine of the P class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassP 
PennantN 29 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered7 Feb 1928 
Laid down18 Jul 1928 
Launched23 Jul 1929 
Commissioned17 Jun 1930 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap to West of Scotland Shipbreaking on 26 February 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Proteus (N 29)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Randall Thomas Gordon-Duff, RN12 Dec 193826 Sep 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Lawrence St George Rich, RN26 Sep 194015 Apr 1941
3Lt. John Symons Huddart, RN15 Apr 194115 May 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Philip Stewart Francis, RN15 May 194129 Jun 1942
5Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN29 Jun 1942Nov 1942
6Lt. Peter Minet Staveley, RNNov 194211 May 1943
7Lt. Anthony Robert Profit, DSC, RN11 May 19438 Aug 1943
8Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN8 Aug 1943Ca. mid 44
9Lt. George Edward Lynton Foster Edsell, RNCa. mid 44

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Noteable events involving Proteus include:


3 Nov 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian tanker Tampico (4958 GRT) east of Andros Island, Greece in position 37°53'N, 24°30'E. Proteus is depth-charged by the Italian torpedo boats Monzambano and Castelfidardo but manages to escape.

10 Nov 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and sank the German troop transport Ithaka (1773 GRT) 2 miles south-west of Milos, Greece.

7 Dec 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) sank a sailing vessel with scuttling charges in the Kythira channel.

30 Dec 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and damaged the Italian merchant Citta di Marsala (2480 GRT).

5 Jan 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Citta di Palermo (5413 GRT) off Cape Dukato, Greece in position 38°33'N, 20°36'E.

8 Feb 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) attacks ' what is thought to be ' an enemy submarine west of Lefkada Island, Greece in position 38°41'N, 20°30'E. It was however not a submarine but the Italian torpedo boat Sagittario. The ships collided and were both damaged.

28 Mar 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian troop transport Galilea (8040 GRT) 9 nautical miles south-west of Antipaxo, Greece in position 39°04'N, 20°05'E.

30 Mar 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Bosforo (3648 GRT) off Sapienza, Greece in position 36°38'N, 21°15'E.

2 May 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and damaged the German merchant Otto Leonhardt (3682 GRT, former Greek Arethusa) west of Lefkada, Greece in position 38°41'N, 20°34'E.

5 May 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Domenico Evangelista with gunfire about 25 nautical miles north-west of Navarino, Greece in position 37°07'N, 21°20'E.

30 May 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Bravo (1570 GRT, former Yugoslavian Junak) west of Bengasi, Libya in position 32°21'N, 18°54'E.

31 May 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchant Gino Allegri (6836 GRT) west of Bengasi, Libya in position 32°31'N, 18°36'E.

4 Aug 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) sank a small Greek sailing vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Nauplion.

6 Aug 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire off Rhodos.

7 Aug 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, RN) torpedoed and sank the German merchant Wachtfels (8467 GRT) about 10 nautical miles north-west of Milos, Crete in position 36°55'N, 24°10'E. The Italian merchant Rondine (6079 GRT) is missed.

Proteus also claimed the sinking of three sailing vessels this day.

8 Aug 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) sank the Greek sailing vessel Firesia (approx. 200 GRT) with gunfire south of Naxos, Greece in position 36°49'N, 27°31'E.

13 Nov 1942
HMS Proteus (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) fires four torpedoes against the Italian merchant Sivigliano (1270 GRT) north of Marettimo Island. All torpedoes fired missed their target.


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