HMS Forfar (F30)

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SS Montrose at Funchal, Madeira, 1934.jpg
SS Montrose in the port of Funchal, Madeira Island, in the early 1930s
Name: SS Montrose
Owner: Canadian Pacific Steamship Company
Operator: Canadian Pacific Steamship Company
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, GlasgowScotland
Launched: 14 December 1920
Sponsored by: Lady Raeburn
Fate: Requisitioned by Royal Navy 4 September 1939
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Forfar
Acquired: 4 September 1939
Commissioned: 1939
Fate: Sunk 2 December 1940
Notes: Pennant number F30
General characteristics
Type: Armed merchant cruiser
Displacement: 16402 BRT
Length: 548.7 ft (167.2 m)
Beam: 70.2 ft (21.4 m)
Speed: 17 knots
Complement: 193 men
Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm

HMS Forfar (F30), formerly the ocean liner SS Montrose, was an armed merchant cruiser commissioned into Royal Navy service in 1939 and sunk in 1940.

Construction and history[edit]

SS Montrose[edit]

The ship was built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Glasgow, Scotland, as the passenger ship SS Montrose for the Canadian Pacific Steamships Company and was launched on 14 December 1920, sponsored by Lady Raeburn, the wife of the Director-General of the British Ministry of Shipping.

Montrose ran aground on 7 August 1925 in the Saint Lawrence River in Canada.[1] She was refloated on 10 August 1925 and drydocked for repairs to her rudder and port propeller.[2][3]

On 31 July 1928, Montrose collided with the British cargo ship Rose Castle in the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec, Canada; Rose Castle beached herself to avoid sinking,[4] but was refloated on 3 August 1928.[5]

HMS Forfar[edit]

On 4 September 1939, Montrose was requisitioned by the British Admiralty for World War II service with the Royal Navy and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. Her conversion was completed on 6 November 1939 and she was commissioned into Royal Navy service as HMS Forfar (F30).

On 2 December 1940 Forfar, operating on the Northern Patrol, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine German submarine U-99 under the command of Otto Kretschmer. Forfar was en route to join convoy OB 251 and was about 500 nautical miles west of Ireland. Thirty-six officers, including her commanding officer, Norman Arthur Cyril Hardy, and 136 men lost their lives. The survivors were rescued by the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS St. Laurent, the British destroyer HMS Viscount , and the British cargo steamer Dursley.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Casualty reports". The Times (44036). London. 10 August 1925. col E, p. 18. 
  2. ^ "Casualty reports". The Times (44037). London. 11 August 1925. col G, p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Marine insurance". The Times (44037). London. 11 August 1925. col C, p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Marine insurance". The Times (44960). London. 1 August 1928. col D, p. 24. 
  5. ^ "Marine insurance". The Times (44963). London. 4 August 1928. col B, p. 21. 

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Coordinates: 54°35′N 18°18′W / 54.583°N 18.300°W / 54.583; -18.300