Allied Warships

HMS Aurania (F 28)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 28 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched6 Feb 1924 
Commissioned2 Oct 1939 
End service20 Oct 1942 

On 30 August 1939 the passenger ship Aurania of the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 2 October 1939.

Displacement: 13984 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

October 39 - April 40: Northern Patrol
May 40: Halifax Escort Force
June 40 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force
November 41 - March 42: Plymouth Command

On 24 March 1942 sold to the Admiralty because of the damage sustaned in the attack by U-123, laid up for some time, converted to a repair ship finished in 1944 and commissioned as HMS Artifex

In January 1961 she was scrapped at La Spezia, Italy.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 21 Oct 1941 by U-123 (Hardegen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Aurania

Commands listed for HMS Aurania (F 28)

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1Capt. Harry William Cuthbert Hughes, DSO, RN28 Sep 193915 Jan 1940
2A/Capt. Ivan Walter Whitehorn, RN15 Jan 1940Mar 1942

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