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HMS Proteus (N29)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Proteus
Ordered: 7 February 1928
Builder: Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 18 July 1928
Launched: 23 August 1929
Completed: 22 August 1929
Commissioned: 5 May 1930
Decommissioned: 30 June 1944
Fate: Scrapped at Troon, Feb-Mar 1946
Notes: Used for patrol mainly within the Mediterranean Sea.
General characteristics
Class and type: Parthian-class submarine
  • 1,788 long tons (1,817 t) surfaced
  • 2,040 long tons (2,070 t) submerged
Length: 289 ft (88 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 15 ft 11 in (4.85 m)
  • Diesel-electric
  • 2 Admiralty diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,300 kW)
  • 2 Electric motors, 1,530 hp (1,140 kW)
  • 2 shafts
  • 17.5 knots (20.1 mph; 32.4 km/h) surfaced
  • 9 kn (10 mph; 17 km/h) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)
Complement: 53
Notes: Pennant number: N29

HMS Proteus was a Parthian-class submarine designed and built by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering in Barrow-in-Furness for the Royal Navy, and was launched on 22 August 1929. Like other submarines in her class she served in China before the war.

Based at Alexandria Proteus engaged and sank 17 German and Italian merchant ships, troopships, tankers and torpedo boats during her service in the Mediterranean in the Second World War. Her attack on the troop transport ship Ithaka is thought to be the first radar guided submarine attack.[1] HMS Proteus was the longest surviving Parthian-class submarine and the only Parthian class submarine to survive the war.

Proteus had a total of nine commanders during the war.


  1. ^ "Commander Jeremy Nash, submarine commander involved in hazardous wartime actions around the Greek islands and in the South China Seas – obituary". Daily Telegraph. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  • Akermann, Paul (2002). Encyclopaedia of British Submarines 1901–1955 (reprint of the 1989 ed.). Penzance, Cornwall: Periscope Publishing. ISBN 1-904381-05-7.
  • Bagnasco, Erminio (1977). Submarines of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-962-6.
  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
  • Chesneau, Roger, ed. (1980). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
  • McCartney, Innes (2006). British Submarines 1939–1945. New Vanguard. 129. Oxford, UK: Osprey. ISBN 1-84603-007-2.

External links

  • IWM Interview with Philip Francis, who commanded HMS Proteus in 1942
  • Information on Proteus
  • Information on the Parthian Submarine class. Includes Information on Proteus