Allied Warships

HMS Alaunia (F 17)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 17 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched7 Feb 1925 
CommissionedOct 1939 
End service8 Dec 1944 

On 25 August 1939 the passenger ship Alaunia of the Cunard White Star Ltd., Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 27 September 1939.

Displacement: 14030 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

October 39 - April 40: Halifax Escort Force
May 40 - March 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
April 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force
November 41 - February 42: East Indies Station
March 42 - March 44: Eastern Fleet (Indian Ocean)
April 44: Plymouth Command

On 8 December 1944 sold to the Admiralty, converted to a repair ship until August 1945 and stationed at Devonport. In September 1957 sold for scrap at Blyth.


Commands listed for HMS Alaunia (F 17)

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1Capt. (retired) Hugh Joseph Woodward, DSO, RN30 Aug 19391 Oct 1941
2Capt. (retired) Edward Neville Kershaw, RN1 Oct 1941Early 1943
3Capt. Robert Henry Campbell Crawford, OBE, RNREarly 1943Early 1944
4A/Cdr. (retired) Alan Charles Graham Jolley, RNEarly 1944Ca. mid 44

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