Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||William Beardmore & Co. Ltd. (Dalmuir, Scotland)|
|Launched||22 Apr 1925|
|Commissioned||15 Oct 1939|
|Lost||13 Jun 1940|
|Loss position||57° 00'N, 9° 57'W|
On 30 August 1939 the passenger ship Caledonia of the Anchor Line (Henderson Bros) Ltd, Glasgow was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser being renamed HMS Scotstoun. Conversion was completed on 15 October 1939.
Tonnage: 17046 BRT
At 07.16 hours on 13 June 1940, HMS Scotstoun (Capt. Sydney Keith Smyth, RN (Retired)) of the 10th Cruiser Squadron was hit in the stern by one torpedo from the German submarine U-25 about 80 nautical miles west of Barra Island, Outer Hebrides in position 57º00'N, 09º57'W . At 17.29 hours, a first coup de grâce missed, but a second hit just aft of the funnel and caused the ship to sink by the stern. Six ratings were lost.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Scotstoun|
Commands listed for HMS Scotstoun
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|1||Capt. (retired) Sydney Keith Smyth, RN||2 Sep 1939||13 Jun 1940|
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Notable events involving Scotstoun include:
19 Oct 1939
The German tanker Biscaya (6386 GRT) is intercepted and captured in the Denmark Strait in position 66°30'N, 23°00'W by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN).
21 Oct 1939
The German merchant Poseidon (5864 GRT) is intercepted in the Denmark Strait by the British armed merchant cruisers HMS Transylvania (Capt. F.N. Miles, OBE, RN) and HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN). However before she can be captured the German crew attempted to scuttle their ship but this failed. The damaged ship was taken in tow but sank in bad weather on the 26th.
19 Nov 1939
HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN) captures the German merchant Eilbeck (2185 GRT) north-west of Ireland in position 58°45'N, 14°10'W.