Allied Warships

HMS Carinthia

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
Built byVickers Ltd. (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched24 Feb 1925 
Commissioned30 Dec 1939 
Lost6 Jun 1940 
Loss position53° 13'N, 10° 40'W

laid down as Servia, launched as Carinthia
In August 1939 the passenger ship Carinthia of the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 30 December 1939.

Displacement: 20277 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 16.5 knots

January 40 - April 40: Northern Patrol
May 40 - June 40: North Atlantic Escort Force

At 13.13 hours on 6 June 1940 HMS Carinthia (Capt. J.F.B. Barrett, RN) on Northern Patrol was torpedoed by the German submarine U-46 west of Galway Bay, Ireland in position 53º13'N, 10º40'W. The vessel remained afloat, but foundered during the next day about 34 miles west of Bloody Foreland. Two officers and two ratings died in the attack.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 6 Jun 1940 by U-46 (Endrass).

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

Commands listed for HMS Carinthia

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1Capt. (retired) John Francis Benjamin Barrett, RN14 Sep 19396 Jun 1940

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Notable events involving Carinthia include:

16 Jan 1940
HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN) and HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. A.A.C. Ouvry, RN) escorted the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carinthia (Capt.(Retd.) J.F.B. Barrett, RN) during her gunnery exercises off Portland.

In the afternoon the destroyers carried out gunnery exercises themselves. (1)


  1. ADM 53/112552

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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