HMS JERVIS BAY
Armed Merchant Cruiser
This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS ......, but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.
H.M.S. Jervis Bay (F40) Armed Merchant Cruiser, built by Vickers Ltd. (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.). Commissioned Oct. 15, 1939.Lost Nov. 05, 1940 at position 53.41N, 32.17W.On November 05, 1940, H.M.S. Jervis Bay (A/Capt. Edward Stephen Fogarty Fegen, R.N.) was shelled and sunk in position 52º41'N, 32º17'W by the German pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer while engaging the superior enemy ship in a heroic, if hopeless, fight to give the 37 merchants in the convoy HX-84 a chance to escape, because the armed merchant cruiser was the sole escort. Her sacrifice allowed many ships of the convoy to scatter and escape in the night. Capt. E.S.F. Fegen (R.N.) was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, 190 men were lost, 4 from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, while 65 survivors were picked up by the Swedish merchant Stureholm that had turned back during the night to search for survivors.
In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Lest We Forget