HMS Rajputana (F 35)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Launched||6 Aug 1925|
|Commissioned||16 Dec 1939|
|Lost||13 Apr 1941|
|Loss position||64° 50'N, 27° 25'W|
On 4 September 1939 the passenger ship Rajputana of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty. She was converted to an armed merchant cruiser and commissioned as such on 16 December 1939.
Displacement: 16644 BRT
HMS Rajputana (Capt. Frederick Henry Taylor, DSC, RN (retired)) was torpedoed and sunk on 13 April 1941 by the German submarine U-108 west of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 64º50'N, 27º25'W. 283 survivors were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Legion and landed at Reykjavik. 40 of her crew went down with the ship.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Rajputana|
Commands listed for HMS Rajputana (F 35)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Frederick Henry Taylor, DSC, RN||2 Oct 1939||13 Apr 1941|
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Notable events involving Rajputana include:
17 Jan 1940
The light cruiser HMS Despatch (Commodore 2nd cl. A. Poland, DSO, RN), armed merchant cruiser HMS Rajputana (Capt.(Retd.) F.H. Taylor, DSC, RN) and the RFA tanker Abbeydale (8299 GRT, built 1937) made rendezvous off San Nicolás Bay, Peru.
All ships departed again to resume their patrols later the same day. (1)
- ADM 53/111986 + ADM 53/113029
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.