Allied Warships

HMCS Prince Robert (F 56)

Armed Merchant Cruiser of the Prince class

HMCS Prince Robert as seen during the war.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeArmed Merchant Cruiser
PennantF 56 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Laid down3 Apr 1930 
Commissioned31 Jul 1940 
End service10 Dec 1945 

Conversion to armed merchant cruiser completed on 3 August 1940.
Paid off to be refitted as Anti-Aircraft "cruiser" on 2 Janaury 1943 and recommissioned as such on 7 June 1943.
Decommissioned 10 December 1945.
Sold into mercantile service in 1948 and renamed Charlton Sovereign.
Resold in 1953 when she became the Italian Lucania.

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Commands listed for HMCS Prince Robert (F 56)

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1Cdr. Charles Tachereau Beard, RCN31 Jul 19407 Oct 1940
2Cdr. Frederick Gordon Hart, RCN8 Oct 194021 Jun 1942
3A/Capt. Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN22 Jun 194231 Dec 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Owen Conor Robertson, RCNR1 Jan 19435 Jun 1943
5Cdr. Adrian Mitchell Hope, RCN7 Jun 19437 Dec 1944
6Capt. Wallace Bourchier Creery, RCN8 Dec 194410 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Prince Robert include:

25 Sep 1940
HMCS Prince Robert (Cdr. C.T. Beard, RCN) intercepts and captures the German merchant Weser (9472 GRT) off Manzanillo, Mexico.

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