Allied Warships

HMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)

Escort Carrier of the Pretoria Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
ClassPretoria Castle 
PennantF 61 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Laid down 
Launched12 Oct 1938 
Commissioned29 Jul 1943 
End service26 Jan 1946 

On 2 Oct, 1939 the passenger ship Pretoria Castle of the Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the armed merchant cruiser HMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)

In August 1942 sold to the Admiralty and converted to an escort carrier. Commissioned as escort carrier on 29 July 1943.

On 26 January 1946 she was resold to her owner and reconverted to a passenger ship and renamed Warwick Castle. Scrapped at Barcelona, Spain starting on 26 July 1962.

Former nameHMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)

Commands listed for HMS Pretoria Castle (F 61)

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1Vice-Admiral (retired) Richard Bell Davies, VC, DSO, RN18 Mar 194312 Oct 1944
2Capt. Caspar John, RN12 Oct 194419 May 1945
3Capt. Godfrey Christopher Dickins, RN19 May 1945Jan 1946

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