HMS Chitral (F 57)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Launched||27 Jan 1925|
|Commissioned||4 Oct 1939|
|End service||Dec 1943|
In August 1939 the passenger ship Chitral 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 October 1939.
Displacement: 15346 BRT
In December 1943 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 1948 returned to owner.
Commands listed for HMS Chitral (F 57)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Alfred Geoffrey Peace, DSO, RN||18 Oct 1939||18 Jan 1940 (+)|
|2||Capt. (retired) Guy Hamilton, RN||20 Jan 1940||22 Dec 1940|
|3||A/Capt. Eric Vernon Lees, RN||22 Dec 1940||12 Jan 1941|
|4||Capt. (retired) Guy Hamilton, RN||12 Jan 1941||2 Dec 1941|
|5||A/Capt. (retired) Gerald William Hoare-Smith, RN||2 Dec 1941|
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Notable events involving Chitral include:
20 Nov 1939
The German merchant Bertha Fisser (4110 GRT) is intercepted of the south-east coast of Iceland in position 64°10N, 15°14W by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Chitral (Capt. G. Hamilton, (retired), RN). However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.