HMS Rajputana (F 35)
British Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Name||HMS Rajputana (F 35)|
|Type:||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Tonnage||16,644 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).|
|Completed||1926 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Greenock|
|Date of attack||13 Apr 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)|
|Position||64.50N, 27.25W - Grid AD 5582|
|Complement||323 (40 dead and 283 survivors).|
|History||Completed in December 1925 as steam passenger ship Rajputana for P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. On 4 Sep, 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty, converted to an armed merchant cruiser and commissioned in December 1939 as HMS Rajputana (F 35). |
|Notes on loss|
At 07.43 hours on 13 Apr, 1941, HMS Rajputana (F 35) (Capt F.H. Taylor, DSC, Rtd, RN) was hit by one torpedo from U-108 west of Reykjavik. She had been the ship of the convoy commodore Cdr C.T.O. Richardson in convoy HX-117 but was then dispatched to patrol the Strait of Denmark.
The armed merchant cruiser had been first spotted by the U-boat at 09.45 hours on 11 April and was followed while she was patrolling on a zigzag course at high speed and sometimes making 180° turns. The chase was hampered by problems with the periscope, pack ice and snow. A first spread of two torpedoes fired at 18.08 hours on 11 April missed like the next two torpedoes fired at 20.46 and 20.48 hours on 12 April. A fifth torpedo at 07.40 hours on 13 April missed, but the sixth at 07.43 hours hit in the stern and caused a fire on the ship, which then fired at the periscope. A first coup de grāce at 08.23 hours malfunctioned, but the next torpedo at 09.30 hours struck in the after part and caused the ship to sink by the stern with a list to port. The commodore, four officers and 35 ratings were lost. 283 survivors were picked up by HMS Legion (F 74) (Cdr R.F. Jessel, RN) and landed at Reykjavik.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 44 people who were on this vessel|
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