Allied Warships

HMS Southern Prince (M 47)

Minelayer of the Auxiliary minelayers class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-9986

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAuxiliary minelayers 
PennantM 47 
Built byLithgow’s, Ltd. (Port Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched12 Mar 1929 
Commissioned15 Jun 1940 
End service 

Completed as merchantile in August 1929.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 19 December 1939.
Displacement: 11447 tons.
Lenght: 496 feet
Machinery: Two shafts, Diesel engine, SHP 7680 = 17 knots.
Armament: 4" AA guns (2x1), 2 2pdr AA (2x1), 7 20mm AA (7x1), 4 .5" AA (2x2), 560 mines.

Became and accomodation ship in 1945. 

Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 26 Aug 1941 by U-652 (Fraatz).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Southern Prince

Commands listed for HMS Southern Prince (M 47)

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1A/Capt. Edward Murray Conrad Barraclough, RN17 Apr 194011 Mar 1941
2Cdr. Charles Leslie Firth, RN11 Mar 194119 May 1941
3A/Capt. John Creswell, RN19 May 194115 Jul 1942
4A/Capt. John Hamilton Macnair, RN15 Jul 1942Jan 1943
5Cmdr William Pope, DSO, RNJan 19432 Jun 1943
6A/Capt. John Hamilton Macnair, RN2 Jun 194322 Nov 1943
7Capt. (retired) Rudolph Henry Fane de Salis, DSC, OBE, RN22 Nov 19434 Nov 1944
8Lt. Reginald Alexander Norsworthy, RN4 Nov 1944

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