Menelaus

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
Menelaus
Vessel Type: 
Passenger
Official Number: 
147235
GRT: 
10,278
Draught For'd: 
8' 0"
Draught Aft: 
14' 0"
Year Built: 
1923
Arrival Date: 
29/08/1952
Breakup Started: 
30/08/1852
Date First Beaching: 
17/01/1953
Breakup Completed: 
11/05/1953
Original Builder: 
Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Dundee
Original Yard No.: 
274
Other Information: 

 
Passenger-Cargo reefer built by the Caledon Shipyard of Dundee for Messrs A. Holt & Company of Liverpool
 
01-05-1923    :  Launched
October 1923 :  Completed
 
Dimensions  :  151.0 metres  x  19.0 metres
 
Propulsion  :  Twin-Screwshafts driven by steam turbines giving vessel a speed of 14.5 knots
 
 
In 1940, MENELAUS was in collision with the Ellerman liner CITY OF LONDON.
 
On Christmas Day, 1940, MENELAUS had a close encounter with the German warship ADMIRAL HIPPER, in the Mediterranean, but convoy escports came to her rescue
 
On 1st of May 1942, whilst on a passage from Durban to Baltimore, and in a position some 700 miles South-West of St. Helena, the MENELAUS came under attack from the German commerce raider MICHEL, under the command of the infamous Helmuth von Ruckteschell.  Menelaus laid a smokescreen between herself and the Raider, by which means she was fortunate to make her safe escape from a dangerous situation.  Commander von Ruckteschell later stated that this was the only merchant vessel that managed to evade his attentions during WWII.
 
25-06-1952  :  The vessel arrived at the Dalmuir ship-breaking facility of W. H. Arnott Young, on the Clyde.
29-08-1952  :  The vessel hulk arrived at the Troon ship-breaking facility of West of Scotland Shipbreaking Coy.
 

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