Allied Warships

HMS Ranpura (F 93)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 93 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched13 Sep 1924 
Commissioned30 Nov 1939 
End serviceMay 1943 

On 6 September 1939 the passenger ship Ranpura of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 30 November 1939.

Displacement: 16583 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 17 knots

December 39 - February 40: Mediterranean Fleet
March 40 - April 40: South Atlantic Station
May 40: Halifax Escort Force
June 40 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force
November 41 - February 42: East Indies Station
March 42 - May 43: Eastern Fleet (Indian Ocean)

In May 1943 sold to the Admiralty and converted to a repair ship.


Commands listed for HMS Ranpura (F 93)

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1Capt. (retired) Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny, RN12 Sep 193916 May 1940
2A/Capt. (retired) Rupert Inglis Money, RN16 May 194018 Dec 1940
3A/Capt. (retired) Henry Thurston Wake Pawsey, OBE, RN18 Dec 194017 Dec 1943
4A/Cdr. (retired) Clement Newington Everitt, RN17 Dec 194314 Feb 1944
5A/Capt. (retired) Henry Freston Nash, RN15 Feb 1944Apr 1944
6A/Capt. (retired) Charles Everard Hughes White, DSO, RNApr 1944ca. mid 44

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Notable events involving Ranpura include:

Mar 1941
HMS Ranpura (A/Capt. H.T.W. Pawsey, RN) transported gold from the United Kingdom to Bermuda through Iceland in March 1941.

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