HMS Bonaventure (31)
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HMS Bonaventure at her mooring in 1940
|Builder:||Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down:||30 August 1937|
|Launched:||19 April 1939|
|Commissioned:||24 May 1940|
|Fate:||Torpedoed by the Italian submarine Ambra south of Crete, 31 March 1941 (139 lost)|
|Class and type:||Dido-class light cruiser|
|Beam:||50 ft 6 in (15.39 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Installed power:||62,000 shp (46,000 kW)|
|Speed:||32.25 kn (37.11 mph; 59.73 km/h)|
|Capacity:||1,100 short tons (1,000 t) fuel oil|
|Notes:||Pennant number 31|
HMS Bonaventure was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. Bonaventure participated as an escort vessel in Operation Fish, the World War II evacuation of British wealth from the UK to Canada. It was the largest movement of wealth in history.
On 10 January 1941 she, along with HMS Southampton and/or HMS Hereward, shelled and sank the Italian torpedo boat Vega off Cape Bon, Tunisia, Operation "Excess". Two members of her crew were killed by return fire.
- Breuer 2008, p. 62
- "NAVAL EVENTS, JANUARY 1941, Part 1 of 2, Wednesday 1st – Tuesday 14th". Naval History.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Fechter, H.; Hümmelchen, G.: Seekriegsatlas. Mittelmeer, Schwarzes Meer, 1940 - 1943. J. F. Lehmanns Verlag, München 1972, p. 30 f., Map K 12. ISBN 3-469-00298-3
- World War II cruisers
- HMS Bonaventure at Uboat.net
- IWM Interview with survivor Patrick Northcott
- IWM Interview with survivor Frank Connor
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