Vessel name on Arrival: Menelaus
Original Builder: Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Dundee
Original Yard No: 274
Official Number: 147235
Vessel Type: passenger
Year Built: 1923
Arrival Date: 28/08/1952
Breakup Started: 30/08/1852
Date First Beached: 17/01/1953
Date Breakup Completed: 10/05/1953
Draught For’d: 8' 0"
Draught Aft: 14' 0"
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.