Allied Warships

HMS Northern Rover (4.58)

ASW Trawler

Photo courtesy of Trevor Hallifax

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
Built byDeschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany)  
Laid down 
CommissionedSep 1939 
Lost30 Oct 1939 
Loss position59° 57'N, 4° 24'W
HistoryCompleted in October 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 27 August 1939.
Displacement: 655 tons.

Torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-59 about 100 miles west of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Islands in position 59.57'N, 04.24'W on 30 October 1939.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 30 Oct 1939 by U-59 (Jürst).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Northern Rover

Commands listed for HMS Northern Rover (4.58)

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1Lt. (retired) Martin Hugh Macpherson, RN27 Sep 193930 Oct 1939 (+)

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Notable events involving Northern Rover include:

9 Oct 1939
Around 1130A/9, the German passenger/cargo ship Cap Norte (13615 GRT, built 1922) is captured north of the Faeroer Islands in approximate position 63°35'N, 07°50'W by the light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. G.A. Scott, DSC, RN).

Light cruiser HMS Calypso (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) also arrived on the scene to assist.

The German ship was sent to Kirkwall with a prize crew. Later the light HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN) arrived to escort her as did the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Rover (Lt. (Retd.) M.H. Macpherson, RN). They arrived at Kirkwall on 12 October.

The Cap Norte was later renamed Empire Trooper and served as troopship.

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