HMCS Prince Henry (F 70)
Armed Merchant Cruiser of the Prince class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Laid down||17 Jan 1930|
|Commissioned||4 Dec 1940|
|End service||15 Apr 1945|
Conversion to armed merchant cruiser completed on 4 December 1940.
Decommissioned 15 April 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Prince Henry (F 70)
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|1||A/Capt. Ronald Ian Agnew, OBE, RCN||4 Dec 1940||19 Dec 1941|
|2||A/Capt. John Crispo Ingles Edwards, RCN||20 Dec 1941||31 Dec 1942|
|3||A/Capt. Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN||1 Jan 1943||18 Mar 1943|
|4||A/Cdr. Edward William Finch-Noyes, RCN||19 Mar 1943||22 Mar 1943|
|5||T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Kenneth Young, RCNR||23 Mar 1943||23 May 1943|
|6||T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Douglas Kelly, RCNR||24 May 1943||29 Nov 1943|
|7||Cdr. Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN||30 Nov 1943||11 Dec 1943|
|8||Capt. Valentine Stuart Godfrey, RCN||12 Dec 1943||6 Apr 1945|
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Notable events involving Prince Henry include:
1 Mar 1941
Around noon, HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN), fuelled from the tanker San Adolfo (7365 GRT, 1935) off Manta, Ecuador.
Diomede's relief on the west coast of South America, the canadian armed merchant cruiser HMCS Prince Henry (A/Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN) is also present. (2)
1 Sep 1941
In the early evening, the light cruiser HMS Despatch (Commodore 2nd cl. C.E. Douglas-Pennant, DSC, RN) and the armed merchant cruiser HMCS Prince Henry (Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN) made rendezvous to the west of the Galapagos Islands in approximate position 00°06'S, 94°56'W.
They were to patrol the area in close company to search for a suspected enemy raider that had been operating in the area. (3)
They however soon parted company again, HMS Despatch then set course to patrol in the Galapagos Islands area while HMCS Prince Henry set course to the Panama Canal. (4)
13 Apr 1942
HMCS Prince Henry (A/Capt. J.C.I. Edwards, RCN) picks up survivors from the American merchant Delvalle that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-154 south of Haiti in position 16°51'N, 72°25'W.
- ADM 53/113816
- ADM 53/114119
- ADM 53/114077
- ADM 53/114078 + ADM 199/402
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.