Allied Warships

HMS Prince Charles (4.120)

Landing Ship Infantry

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLanding Ship Infantry
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.120 
ModLSI(S) 
Built byCockerill (Hoboken, Belgium) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched12 Apr 1930 
Commissioned 1941 
End service 
History

Completed as passenger ship Prince Charles in October 1930.
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 21 September 1940 and converted to an LSI(S).
Displacement: 2950 tons.
Lenght: 360 feet
Complement: 207
Machinery: 6 Boilers, 2 shafts, geared steam turbines, SHP 15400 = 24 knots.
Armament: 2 12pdr AA guns (2x1), 2 2pdr AA (2x1), 6 20mm AA (6x1)
Carried 8 LCA's/LCS(M)'s or LCP(L)'s and 250 troops

Returned in February 1945. 

Commands listed for HMS Prince Charles (4.120)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Cdr. William Richmond Fell, DSC, OBE, RN8 Jan 194116 Apr 1942
2A/Cdr. (retired) Stratford Hercules Dennis, DSC, RN16 Apr 1942mid 1944

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Notable events involving Prince Charles include:


23 Dec 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 11th war patrol. She was part of Operation Archery, a commando raid on Vågsøy, Norway. Tuna was to act as navigational beacon for the surface ships involved in this operation.

The raid on Vågsøy was carried out by the British Light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Burrough, RN), the British destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and the landing ships Prince Charles (A/Cdr. W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN) and Prince Leopold (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Byles, RD, RNR). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1844

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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