Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      PROTOKLITOS
Arrived:9 July 1982
Departed:Before 18 Jun 1983
Career:She was built ss LLANWERN in 1962 at Sunderland by Bartrams for EVAN THOMAS RADCLIFFE of Cardiff who sold her in 1968 to Syros owners who renamed her CAPTAIN MICHAEL but who resold her in 1975 to become AGIOS PANTELEIMON.
In 1981, her new owners, MYCALI MARITIME CORPORATION of Piraeus, renamed her PROTOKLITOS under which name at the end of 1982 she was laid up in the River Blackwater
7 Feb 1983 she suffered an engine room fire in the river, extinquished by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI.
Left River Blackwater in tow Spanish tug AZNAR JOSE LUIS and arrived Bilbao 18 Jun 1983 for breaking up.
Tonnage:9,229 gross
Built:1962
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Mycali Maritime Corporation
LR/IMO Number:5209986
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PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 5 September 1982.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 5 September 1982.
Source: Mersea Museum / Derek Sands

PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 5 September 1982.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater. Date: 5 September 1982.
Source: Mersea Museum / Derek Sands

West Mersea lifeboat attending the cargo ship PROTOKLITOS on fire in the River Blackwater. The lifeboat is B-541 ELIZABETH BESTWICK on relief duty at Mersea. Date: 7 February 1983.

Above:  West Mersea lifeboat attending the cargo ship PROTOKLITOS on fire in the River Blackwater. The lifeboat is B-541 ELIZABETH BESTWICK on relief duty at Mersea. Date: 7 February 1983.
Source: Mersea Museum / Terence Smith

PROTOKLITOS with moorings being untangled, just before leaving the Blackwater Date: 1983.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS with moorings being untangled, just before leaving the Blackwater Date: 1983.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ashley Upsher Collection

PROTOKLITOS with moorings being untangled, just before leaving the Blackwater Date: 1983.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS with moorings being untangled, just before leaving the Blackwater Date: 1983.
Source: Mersea Museum / Ashley Upsher Collection

Spanish tug AZNAR JOSE LUIS about to tow PROTOKLITOS to Bilbao for breaking-up. Date: cJune 1983.

Above:  Spanish tug AZNAR JOSE LUIS about to tow PROTOKLITOS to Bilbao for breaking-up. Date: cJune 1983.
Source: Mersea Museum

PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater Date: October 1982.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS laid up in the River Blackwater Date: October 1982.
Source: Mersea Museum / John Jones

PROTOKLITOS in the River Blackwater Date: October 1982.

Above:  PROTOKLITOS in the River Blackwater Date: October 1982.
Source: Mersea Museum / John Jones


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