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Photographer:
andrecas [ View profile ]
Captured:
Dec 18, 2022
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Jan 10, 2023
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3,647 x 1,920

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Location: New Island - Falkland Islands.

The vessel was built in 1942 as a minesweeper for the British Admiralty at the Wagstaff & Hatfield shipyard in Port Greville Nova Scotia Canada. Protector III was used in the Falklands as a sealer and later as a fishing and general workboat. The vessel was apparently beached where it lies today in the late 1960's.

Source: Various online links

Sidebar: In trying to find the history of subject vessel and how it ended up in the Falklands under what name, etc., I began my search by checking the shipbuilding history of Wagstaff & Hatfield. The record shows this yard built 12 minesweepers for the Royal Navy.
Two were delivered in 1942...
O.N. # CN162 / Original Name: MMS99 / Delivered 24-Nov-42 / Loaned to Italy in 1946 as DR207 / Sold 1955
O.N. # CN163 / Original Name: MMS100 / Delivered 16-Dec-42 / Loaned to Italy in 1946 as DR208 / Sold 1955

The MMS class (Motor Minesweepers) were a class of 402 coastal minesweepers built for the Royal Navy. They were made of wooden construction to counteract magnetic influence mines. The minesweepers had pennant numbers MMS1 to 312 and MMS1001 to 1090

Source: Various online links

The following link courtesy of member......"ALAN"
https://deepbluediver.uk/2022/03/20/protector-iii-definitive/

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Hello Andrecas

Information obtained from British Warships since 1945 by Jack Worth has it noted that MMS 251 was sold in 1946 and renamed PROTECTOR III. Also came across this which confirms it https://deepbluediver.uk/2022/03/20/protector-iii-definitive/

Hope this helps your search

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Alan

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Hi Alan...
Just picked up your comment linking MMS251 and Protector III. I've included the link in the description with the other photos I uploaded of the Protector III. Fascinating history. Thank you very much for your research on this particular vessel.
Kind regards,
andre

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You are most welcome Andre.

Best regards

Alan

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