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Manager: Jacob Odland S.S., Haugesund
Delivered in June-1902 from John Crown Shipbuilding Co., Sunderland as Proteus to Hans Kiær & Co., Drammen. Tonnages given as 1678 gt, 1024 net, 2775 tdwt, 260' x 36.8' x 20', Triple exp. 163 nhp (N.East. Mar. Eng. Co. Ltd.). The Produce company (owned by H. Kiær) was sold to H. M. Wrangell & Co. in Oct.-1917, registered in Haugesund, then transferred to Jacob Odland S.S. in Jan.-1938.
Captain: Anton Bugge
As can be seen when going to Page 1 above, Proteus was on her way from Shanghai to Hong Kong when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2 (no 1942 voyages are shown - the last entry shows her arriving Sourabaya from Manila on Dec. 27-1941).
On March 2-1942 the Dutch authorities in Batavia gave the order for all ships remaining in the harbour to be scuttled to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Japanese (my page about Prominent has some background history). The officers performed this task, but afterwards they found themselves unable to leave the city, and were consequently taken prisoners when the Japanese arrived. They were interned until Sept.-1945. 2nd Engineer Olav Larsen died of Malaria on Oct. 3-1942 (in Hong Kong), and 1st Mate Olav Nøkling also died as a result of illness on Dec. 18-1943. See also the names under Proteus in the section for Merchant Marine Prisoners of War.
Related external link:
Back to Proteus on the "Ships starting with P" page.
Charles Hocking lists a Canadian steamship by this name, built 1913, 10 653 gt - lost without trace after having departed St. Thomas on Nov. 23-1941 for Portland Me. with cargo of bauxite. The Stavern memorial lists a Norwegian casualty from the ship (Chief Engineer Hermod M. Opsal), adding she was torpedoed on Nov. 25-1941.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, and misc. - (ref. My sources).