Allied Warships

HMS Letitia (F 16)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 16 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Laid down 
Launched14 Oct 1924 
Commissioned6 Nov 1939 
End service7 Jun 1941 

On 9 September 1939 the passenger ship Letitia of the Donaldson Brothers Ltd, Glasgow was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 6 November 1939.

Displacement: 13475 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

October 39 - January 40: Halifax Escort Force
February 40 - October 40: Northern Patrol
November 40 - February 41: Northern and Western Patrol
March 41 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - June 41: North Atlantic Escort Force

On 7 June 1941 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 1944 transferred to Canada and converted to a hospital ship. 1949 returned to owner and scrapped about 1960.


Commands listed for HMS Letitia (F 16)

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1Capt. (retired) William Reynard Richardson, RN23 Sep 193924 Aug 1940
2A/Capt. Edward Henry Longsdon, RN24 Aug 19409 May 1941
3A/Cdr. (retired) John Randolph James, RN9 May 19414 Jun 1941

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