HMS Ranpura (F 93)
Armed Merchant Cruiser
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Launched||13 Sep 1924|
|Commissioned||30 Nov 1939|
|End service||May 1943|
On 6 September 1939 the passenger ship Ranpura 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 30 November 1939.
Displacement: 16583 BRT
In May 1943 sold to the Admiralty and converted to a repair ship.
Commands listed for HMS Ranpura (F 93)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny, RN||12 Sep 1939||16 May 1940|
|2||A/Capt. (retired) Rupert Inglis Money, RN||16 May 1940||18 Dec 1940|
|3||A/Capt. (retired) Henry Thurston Wake Pawsey, OBE, RN||18 Dec 1940||17 Dec 1943|
|4||A/Cdr. (retired) Clement Newington Everitt, RN||17 Dec 1943||14 Feb 1944|
|5||A/Capt. (retired) Henry Freston Nash, RN||15 Feb 1944||Apr 1944|
|6||A/Capt. (retired) Charles Everard Hughes White, DSO, RN||Apr 1944||ca. mid 44|
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Notable events involving Ranpura include:
HMS Ranpura (A/Capt. H.T.W. Pawsey, RN) transported gold from the United Kingdom to Bermuda through Iceland in March 1941.
25 Apr 1943
Convoy CM 41.
This convoy departed Durban on 25 April for Bombay where it arrived on 11 May 1943.
The convoy was made up of the transports / troopships: Aronda (British, 9031 GRT, built 1941), Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927), City of Paris (British, 10902 GRT, built 1922) and Dunera (British, 11162 GRT, built 1937).
On departure from Durban the convoy was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (Capt. W.Y.La R. Beverley, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN) and HMS Raider (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Michell, RN).
Between 0656 and 0800/1, HMAS Napier fuelled from HMS Sussex.
At 1440/1, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Ranpura (Capt.(Retd.) H.T.M. Pawsey, RN) took over from HMS Sussex.
The destroyers parted company with the convoy on 2 May.
The convoy arrived at Bombay on 11 May 1943. (1)
- ADM 53/118602 + ADM 53/118603 + ADM 199/643
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.