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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMS RAJPUTANA F35

Armed Merchant Cruiser

 

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS Rajputana, 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.

 

On 4 September 1939 the passenger ship Rajputana of the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London was requisitioned by the Admiralty. She was converted to an armed merchant cruiser and commissioned as such on 16 December 1939.  HMS Rajputana was torpedoed and sunk on 13 April 1941 by the German submarine U-108 west of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 6450'N, 2725'W. 283 survivors were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Legion and landed at Reykjavik. 40 of her crew went down with the ship.

 

Launched: 06 Aug 1925

Commissioned: 16 Dec 1939

Fate: Sunk 13 Apr 1941 by U-108 

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Canavan, Lloyd Frederick

Survived sinking of Rajputana

MPK - 10 Feb 1942

while serving in

HMCS Spikenard

Cross, Paul Barbour

____-1994

Survived sinking of Rajputana

 

 

 

G-H

Hanington, Daniel Lionel

1921-1999

Survived the sinking of Rajputana

 

 

 

 

J-K

Knowles, Murray William

1916-2014

Survived the sinking of Rajputana

 

 

 

 

M-N

Meredith, Kenneth Elliott

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

 

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