Convoy commodore was the title of a civilian put in charge of the good order of the merchant ships in the British convoys used during World War II. Usually the convoy commodore was a retired naval officer or a senior merchant captain drawn from the Royal Naval Reserve. He was aboard one of the merchant ships.
The convoy commodore was distinguished from the commander of the convoy's escort, always a naval officer.
Noted commodores include:
- Admiral Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax.
- Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer.
- Admiral Lachlan Donald Ian Mackinnon. Survived his ship sinking and was rescued after a prolonged period in the cold waters of the North Atlantic; his health was damaged permanently.
- Vice Admiral Norman Atherton Wodehouse who went down with his ship when it was torpedoed en route to South Africa.
- Admiral Sir Studholme Brownrigg who went down with his ship, SS Ville de Tamatave, on 24 January 1943 in a violent storm.
- Admiral Eric Gascoigne Robinson, V.C. who served for three years. Retired exhausted.
- Captain Harry Charles Birnie, of the Cunard Line. Died commanding Convoy SC 121.
- Burn, Alan (1996). The Fighting Commodores, Convoy Commanders in the Second World War. Pen & Sword Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0850525045.
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