Allied Warships

HMS Worcestershire (F 29)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 29 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched8 Oct 1930 
Commissioned21 Nov 1939 
End serviceJun 1943 
History

On 17 September 1939 the passenger ship Worcestershire of the Bibby Brothers & Co, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 21 November 1939.

Displacement: 11402 BRT
Armament: 6x 152mm, 2x 76mm, 2x 40mm, 4x 20mm
Speed: 15 knots

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

In June 1943 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In October 1947 returned to owner.

 

Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 3 Apr 1941 by U-74 (Kentrat).

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

Commands listed for HMS Worcestershire (F 29)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. (retired) Frederic Archibald Hunter Russel, RN10 Oct 19397 Oct 1940
2A/Capt. John Creswell, RN7 Oct 1940mid 1941

3A/Capt. (retired) Edmund Hugh Hopkinson, RN2 Jul 1941Jun 1943

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3 Apr 1941
HMS Worcestershire (Capt. J. Cresswell, RN) was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-74 south-west of Iceland in position 58°19'N, 27°25'W while escorting convoy SC-26. Worcestershire was under repair until mid-July 1941.


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