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from Reserve and manned by Reservists.
Royal Review of Reserve Fleet in Weymouth
in commission and allocated for war
service based at Scapa
completion of storing and manning to war
complement took passage to join
Commanding Officer Commander C Lambe,
later Admiral Sir Charles Lambe),
on Northern Patrol for interception of
mercantiles attempting to return to
and commerce raiders on
passage to enter Atlantic
Carried out- first patrol.
Patrol deployment in continuation
German mercantile attempting to run the
who had scuttled the enemy ship on
approach were taken prisoner.
Set up patrol line off North
Rona as part of Home Fleet-
operation to intercept German
SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU after the
sinking of HM Armed Merchant
Northern Patrol deployment.
Senior Officer of Squadron reported this
Class of cruiser had proved unsuitable
Northern Patrol duty.)
in hand for weather damage repair in Belfast.
Under way for 92 days since outbreak of
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to Northern Patrol duty.
Released from Northern Patrol and took
passage to Portsmouth.
Transferred to West
Indies for duty with 8th Cruiser
Squadron for interception
and for trade protection.
for foreign service at Portsmouth.
Sailed from Portsmouth
to join Squadron at Kingston, Jamaica.
for interception patrol duties.
Intercepted German blockade-runner on
passage from Aruba.
ship scuttled on approach.
Intercepted German mercantile HANNOVER
with HM Canadian Destroyer
enemy freighter in tow whilst a party
from HMCS ASSINIBOINE fought the fires
crew abandoned ship.
no tugs were available both ships
took ship to Jamaica
This mercantile became ss EMPIRE
AUDACITY and later was converted for use
escort carrier and renamed HMS AUDACITY.
Sunk on 21st
of a convoy on passage from Gibraltar to UK.
service helped establish the value of
Escort Carriers in the relentless U-Boat
details of Atlantic operations see THE BLOCKADERS by A Cecil Hampshire).
defence role in eastern Atlantic with 8th Cruiser Squadron in continuation.
Deployed on patrol in Caribbean
area as Senior Officer
to reinforce Home Fleet.
Taken in hand at commercial shipyard for
fitting of Degaussing cables and
THE TORPEDOMEN by A Poland for details
of this equipment.)
October Nominated for duty
in Portsmouth command on completion for
New Commanding Officer Captain RS
Sailed from Greenock
in SW Approaches based at Portsmouth.
and SW Approaches Convoy anti-invasion
patrol in continuation.
for escort of military convoy WS5A and
took passage to join convoy in
Joined WS5A with HM Cruiser BERWICK for
HM Cruiser NAIAD and HM Cruiser
BONAVENTURE had already joined
with HM Corvettes CLEMATIS, CYCLAMEN,
In action with German cruiser HIPPER in
defence of military Convoy WS5A.
smoke screen to obscure troopships and
took part in a brief engagement
during which HMS BERWICK was damaged.
broke off action
imaginary threat of torpedo threat.
German ship had located convoy during
night and waited until dawn before
what was considered a normal trade
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY by C Barnett and Naval
The brief engagement was totally
intended air search for HIPPER by
carrier SWORDFISH Aircraft cancelled
order from the Admiralty.
two troopships were hit – ss EMPIRE
TROOPER and ss ARABISTAN
were escorted to Azores by HMS CYCLAMEN.
Detached from Ocean Escort and took
passage to Gibraltar.
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convoy defence duties and available as
Distant Cover for military Convoy
One source suggests that this ship
rejoined the escort, for WS5A.arriving
on 6th January.)
convoy defence in continuation.
for transfer to South Atlantic Command
after routine docking.
passage to Clyde for convoy defence in North Atlantic.
Deployed in NW Approaches after arrival
Took passage to Devonport for docking
prior to foreign service.
On completion of docking took passage
from Devonport to South Atlantic.
for trade defence and interception
duties in South
Capture of ENIGMA documentation earlier
in 1941 had enabled German radio
be decrypted at. Bletchley
Park. This information enabled
the Admiralty to identify
movements of U-Boat and Commerce Raider
a result interception by British
warships in the South
Atlantic was made possible
certainty. See BREAKING THE ENIGMA by D
Kahn and HITLER'S U-
WAR by C Blair.)
for interception of supply ships with HM
Aircraft Carrier EAGLE.
Captured German freighter LOTHRINGEN in
position 19.49N 38.30 W after sighting
from HMS EAGLE.
ENIGMA material obtained enabled more
vital information to be obtained.)
ship was later used as a British
mercantile named ss EMPIRE SALVAGE)
Captured Vichy French freighter VILLE DE
TAMATAVE east of St. Paul's Rock in the South
Captured Vichy French freighter VILLE DE
ROUEN east of Natal,. Brazil.
defence and interception duties In South
Atlantic in continuation. October
with HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE and
DORSETSHIRE to intercept U-Boat
Ship PYTHON and Commerce Raider ATLANTIS
known to be deployed in South
for attacks on shipping and
re-supply of U-Boats.
RN ships were operating as
units and deployed in specific areas
HMS DEVONSHIRE sank ATLANTIS on 22nd
November. See above references.)
for interception of PYTHON.
Under attack by U124 which was on
passage to met PYTHON for re-supply.
by two of three torpedo fired by U124
of Pernambuco and 900 miles west of Freetown.
was steaming at high speed and bulkheads
were unable to withstand stress
explosion whilst under way.
torpedo struck amidships and the other
damage including loss of radio
72 members of the ship's company were
rescued by US
mercantile NISHAMA and were
survivors. Five of those rescued died
of the ship's company lost their lives
including Captain R S Lovatt, OBE, RN.
List - note
The rescued men were landed in Trinidad on December
still commanded by Korvette Kapitan
Johann Mohr was sunk in position 41.02N
15.39W, west of Oporto.
Portugal by HM Sloop BLACK SWAN and
on 3rd April 1943
during an attack on Convoy
were no survivors.