HMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Island)|
|Launched||12 Oct 1938|
|Commissioned||4 Dec 1939|
|End service||Aug 1942|
On 2 October 1939 the passenger ship Pretoria Castle of the Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 4 December 1939.
Displacement: 17392 BRT
In August 1942 sold to the Admiralty and converted to an escort carrier. On 26 January 1946 resold to owner, reconverted to a passenger ship and renamed Warwick Castle.
|Career notes||converted to the escort carrier HMS Pretoria Castle|
Commands listed for HMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Eric John Shelley, RN||30 Sep 1939||Feb 1941|
|2||A/Capt. (retired) Arthur Vernon Hemming, RN||Feb 1941||Jul 1942|
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Notable events involving Pretoria Castle include:
17 Jun 1941
The Vichy French merchant Desirade (9645 GRT) was seized by HMS Pretoria Castle (A/Capt A.V. Hemming, RN) east of the Antilles.