Allied Warships

HMS Ascania (F 68)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 68 
Built byW.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched20 Dec 1923 
Commissioned16 Oct 1939 
End service29 Oct 1942 

On 4 September 1939 the passenger ship Ascania of the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 16 October 1940.

Displacement: 14013 BRT
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

October 39 - May 40: Halifax Escort Force
June 40 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force
November 41 - September 42: New Zealand Station

On 29 October 1942 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 1943 converted to a landing ship LSI(L). In December 1947 returned to owner.
1956 requisitioned and used as troop transport during Suez war. In January 1957 scrapped at Newport.


Commands listed for HMS Ascania (F 68)

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1Capt. (retired) Christopher Hildyard Ringrose-Wharton, RN2 Sep 193922 Oct 1941
2A/Capt. Alastair Gordon Davidson, RN22 Oct 1941Oct 1942

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