HMS Canton (F 97)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Launched||14 Apr 1938|
|Commissioned||4 Nov 1939|
|End service||10 Apr 1944|
On 19 October 1939 the passenger ship Canton of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 4 November 1939.
Displacement: 15784 BRT
On 10 April 1944 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). On 28 September 1947 returned to owner.
Commands listed for HMS Canton (F 97)
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|1||Capt. George Devereux Belben, DSC, RN||26 Sep 1939||10 Feb 1941|
|2||A/Capt. Charles Alfred Godfrey Nichols, RN||10 Feb 1941||2 Mar 1942|
|3||A/Capt. Geoffrey Neame Loriston-Clarke, RN||2 Mar 1942||23 Sep 1942|
|4||A/Cdr. (reitred) Richard John Edward Daintree, RN||23 Sep 1942||15 Aug 1943|
|5||Capt. Joseph Johnstone Eadie Barclay, RNR||15 Aug 1943||Apr 1944|
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Notable events involving Canton include:
24 Feb 1941
HMS Thunderbolt (Lt. C.B. Crouch, DSO, RN) an unidentified ship in position 53°55'N, 26°49'W which opens fire despite repeated challenges by Thunderbolt, forcing her to dive.
The ship was the armed merchant cruiser HMS Canton (A/Capt. C.A.G. Nichols, RN) which mistook her for a U-boat. (1)
- ADM 199/1115
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.