Allied Warships

HMS Andania

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched1 Nov 1921 
Commissioned28 Oct 1939 
Lost16 Jun 1940 
Loss position62° 36'N, 15° 09'W

In September 1939 the passenger ship Andania of the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 28 October 1939.

Displacement: 13950 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

November 39 - June 40: Northern Patrol.

At 00.27 hours on 16 June 1940 HMS Andania (Capt. Donald Keppel Bain, RN) was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-A about 230 nautical miles west-northwest of the Faroe Islands in position 62º36'N, 15º09'W. The ship sank slowly and the crew was taken off by the Icelandic trawler Skallagrímur, so only two men were injured. The trawler continued its course to Hull, but HMS Forester (H 74) took the men off the trawler 36 hours after the rescue.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 16 Jun 1940 by UA (Cohausz).

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Commands listed for HMS Andania

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1Capt. Donald Keppel Bain, RN18 Sep 193916 Jun 1940

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