HMS Dunvegan Castle
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Launched||26 Mar 1936|
|Commissioned||20 Dec 1939|
|Lost||27 Aug 1940|
|Loss position||54° 54'N, 11° 00'W|
On 7 September 1939 the passenger ship Dunvegan Castle of the Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 20 December 1939.
Displacement: 15007 BRT
At 21.47 hours on 27 August 1940 HMS Dunvegan Castle (Capt. Hubert Ardill (retired), RN), escorting convoy SL-43, was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarine U-46 about 120 nautical miles southwest of Cape Clear. The vessel foundered in position 54º54'N, 11º00'W the next day. The master, 249 officers and ratings were rescued, twelve of them wounded, and landed in Scotland.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Dunvegan Castle|
Commands listed for HMS Dunvegan Castle
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|1||Capt. (retired) Hubert Ardill, RN||18 Oct 1939||27 Aug 1940|
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Notable events involving Dunvegan Castle include:
3 Jan 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Viviana (Skr. G.L. Olesen, RNR) and also with HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN).
Later in the afternoon HMS Kelvin and HMS Kimberley escorted the armed merchant cruiser HMS Dunvegan Castle (Capt.(Retd.) H. Ardill, RN). (1)
In the middle of the day they screened the heavy cruiser HMS Hawkins (Capt. E. Rotherham, RN) during her gunnery exercises.
Later in the afternoon they screened the armed merchant cruiser HMS Dunvegan Castle (Capt.(Retd.) H. Ardill, RN) during her gunnery exercises. (2)
- ADM 173/16327
- ADM 53/112519
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.