HMS Dunnottar Castle

On 30 August 1939 the passenger ship Dunnottar Castle of the Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 22 October 1939.

Displacement: 15007 BRT

Armament: 7x 152mm, 2x 76mm

Speed: 17 knots


October 39 - April 40: South Atlantic Station

May 40 - November 41: Freetown Escort Force

December 41 - May 42: South Atlantic Station

On 27 July 1942 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). In March 1948 returned to owner.

Wartime Movements of Dunnottar Castle as a Troop Ship

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Years in Service


HMS Dunnottar Castle


28 August 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty for commission as an Armed Merchant Cruiser

In 1942 more war-built trade protection cruisers entered service and she was released and converted into a troopship

1948 Returned to commercial service


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