The 172 meter long Canadian Naval supply ship HMCS Protecteur became disabled in the Pacific Ocean while en route to its home port of Esquimalt, Vancouver Island. The HMCS Protecteur had departed from Hawaii when it suffered a fire in the engine room while in heavy seas. The blaze was extinguished, but the main engine was damaged and left the ship without power. Twenty crewmen were injured extinguishing the fire. Two vessels from the United States Navy responded to the scene delivering supplies and transferred some passengers off the HMCS Protecteur. A tug was to arrive and take the supply vessel back to Pearl Harbour for repairs. Reports state the commanding officer of the HMCS Protecteur stating the crew were “making the best of a crappy situation”.
- Fire forcing HMCS Protecteur to be towed to Hawaii was a ‘serious event’ (prgnewshawaii.com)
- High winds prevent attempt to tow fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur (theprovince.com)
- HMCS Protecteur receives supplies from U.S. navy ship (cbc.ca)