HMS Alcantara (F 88)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Island)|
|Commissioned||20 Dec 1939|
|End service||29 Jun 1943|
laid down as Amazon, completed as Alcantara.
Displacement: 22209 BRT
On 29 June 1943 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
Commands listed for HMS Alcantara (F 88)
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|1||Capt. (retired) James Geoffrey Penrose Ingham, DSO, RN||12 Sep 1939||16 Sep 1941|
|2||A/Capt. (retired) John Douglas Harvey, RN||16 Sep 1941||mid 1943|
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Noteable events involving Alcantara include:
28 Jul 1940
The armed merchant cruiser HMS Alcantara (Capt.(retd.) J.P.G. Ingham, DSO, RN) had a gun duel with the German auxiliary cruiser Thor in the south Atlantic east of Brazil in position 24°30'S, 31°56'W and was badly damaged, while the German ship escaped.
28 Nov 1942
HMS Alcantara (A/Capt.(retd.) J.D. Harvey, RN) picks up 18 survivors from the American merchant Jeremiah Wadsworth that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-178 about 270 nautical miles south of Cape Agulhas, South Africa in position 39°25'S, 22°23'E.