Allied Warships

HMS Moreton Bay (F 11)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 11 
Built byVickers Ltd. (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched23 Apr 1921 
Commissioned13 Oct 1939 
End service20 Aug 1941 

On 27 August 1939 the passenger ship Moreton Bay of the Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Conversion was completed on 13 October 1939.

Displacement: 14193 BRT
Armament: 7x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 15 knots

October 39 - August 40: China Station
September 40: South Atlantic Station
October 40 - June 41: Freetown Escort Force

On 20 August 1941 returned and used as troopship by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 1945 returned to owner and scrapped 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Moreton Bay (F 11)

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1Cdr. Edmund Mount Haes, RN5 Oct 19395 Jan 1941
2Capt. (retired) Charles Courtenay Bell, DSO, RN5 Jan 1941mid 1941

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Notable events involving Moreton Bay include:

31 Jan 1940
HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Moreton Bay (A/Capt. E.M. Haes, RN). (1)

5 Nov 1940
HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. H.B. Jacomb, RN) departed Freetown to provide cover along with HMS Dragon (Capt. R.W. Shaw, MBE, RN) for the armed merchant cruiser HMS Moreton Bay (A/Capt. E.M. Haes, RN) which was en-route to Freetown with the Vichy French transport Cuba (11420 GRT, built 1923) which she had intercepted on 31 October 1940 while it was en-route from Martinique to Casablanca. (2)

30 Jun 1941
The British merchant Saint Anselm was torpedoed and sunk west of Madeira in position 31°00'N, 26°00'W by German U-boat U-66. HMS Moreton Bay (Capt. C.C. Bell (retired), RN) later picks up 18 survivors.


  1. ADM 173/16472
  2. ADM 53/113151 + ADM 199/381

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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