Allied Warships

HMS Ranpura (F 93)

Armed Merchant Cruiser

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 93 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched13 Sep 1924 
Commissioned30 Nov 1939 
End serviceMay 1943 
History

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
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm
Speed: 17 knots

Career:
December 39 - February 40: Mediterranean Fleet
March 40 - April 40: South Atlantic Station
May 40: Halifax Escort Force
June 40 - April 41: Bermuda and Halifax Escort Force
May 41 - October 41: North Atlantic Escort Force
November 41 - February 42: East Indies Station
March 42 - May 43: Eastern Fleet (Indian Ocean)

In May 1943 sold to the Admiralty and converted to a repair ship.

 

Commands listed for HMS Ranpura (F 93)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. (retired) Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny, RN12 Sep 193916 May 1940
2A/Capt. (retired) Rupert Inglis Money, RN16 May 194018 Dec 1940
3A/Capt. (retired) Henry Thurston Wake Pawsey, OBE, RN18 Dec 194017 Dec 1943
4A/Cdr. (retired) Clement Newington Everitt, RN17 Dec 194314 Feb 1944
5A/Capt. (retired) Henry Freston Nash, RN15 Feb 1944Apr 1944
6A/Capt. (retired) Charles Everard Hughes White, DSO, RNApr 1944ca. mid 44

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Notable events involving Ranpura include:


Mar 1941
HMS Ranpura (A/Capt. H.T.W. Pawsey, RN) transported gold from the United Kingdom to Bermuda through Iceland in March 1941.

13 Nov 1942

Convoy CM 35.

This convoy departed Durban on 13 November 1942.

The convoy was made up of the following transports / troopships; City of Auckland (British, 8336 GRT, built 1914), Dunera (British, 11162 GRT, built 1937), Empire Trooper (British, 14106 GRT, built 1922), Empire Woodlark (British, 7793 GRT, built 1913) and Sontay (British, 8917 GRT, built 1921).

On departure from Durban the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Dauntless (Cdr.(Retd.) N.G. Leeper, RN) and the escort destroyer RHS Kanaris.

At 0800C/20, RHS Kanaris was detached.

At 1123C/21, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Ranpura (Capt.(Retd.) H.T.M. Pawsey, RN) joined the convoy and HMS Dauntless was detached taking Dunera and Sontay with her to Kilindini where they arrived on 23 November 1943.

The remainder of te convoy continued onwards to Aden where it arrived in the afternoon of 29 November 1942 escorted by HMS Ranpura and the RHS Panther. RHS Panther had joined the convoy in the afternoon of the 27th.

14 Feb 1943

Convoy CM 39.

This convoy departed Durban on 14 February 1943 and arrived at Bombay on 3 March 1943.

The convoy was made up of the following transports / troopships; Felix Rousell (French, 17083 GRT, built 1930) and Yoma (British, 8131 GRT, built 1928).

The convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Dauntless (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN), escort destroyer HMS Catterick (Lt. A. Tyson, RN) and corvette HMS Jasmine (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.D.B. Coventry, RNR).

HMS Catterick and HMS Jasmine parted company with the convoy at 2359C/16 after which they returned to Durban.

Around 0900C/21, the transport Eastern Prince (British, 10926 GRT, built 1929) and the armed merchant cruiser HMS Ranpura (Capt.(Retd.) H.T.M. Pawsey, RN) joined the convoy after which HMS Dauntless parted company and proceeded to Kilindini where she arrived around 1200C/22.

The convoy arrived at Bombay on 3 March 1943. (1)

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. (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/117312 + ADM 199/643
  2. ADM 53/118602 + ADM 53/118603 + ADM 199/643

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


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