HMS Northern Rover (4.58)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Deschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Lost||30 Oct 1939|
|Loss position||59° 57'N, 4° 24'W|
|History||Completed in October 1936.|
Taken over by the Admiralty on 27 August 1939.
Displacement: 655 tons.
Torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-59 about 100 miles west of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Islands in position 59.57'N, 04.24'W on 30 October 1939.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Northern Rover|
Commands listed for HMS Northern Rover (4.58)
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|1||Lt. (retired) Martin Hugh Macpherson, RN||27 Sep 1939||30 Oct 1939 (+)|
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Notable events involving Northern Rover include:
9 Oct 1939
The German passenger/cargo ship Cap Norte (13615 GRT, built 1922) is captured in approximate position 63°00'N, 10°00'W by the light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. G.A. Scott, DSC, RN).
Light cruiser HMS Calypso (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) also arrived on the scene to assist.
The German ship was sent to Kirkwall with a prize crew. Later the light HMS Delhi (Capt L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN) arrived to escort her as did the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Rover (Lt. (Retd.) M.H. Macpherson, RN). They arrived at Kirkwall on 12 October.
The Cap Norte was later renamed Empire Trooper and served as troopship.