HMS Princess (1905)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Princess.
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Name: SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie
Namesake: Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the Crown Princess of Prussia
Launched: 1915
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Name: HMS Princess
Launched: 1915
Notes: Used as a dummy for HMS Ajax
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,689 tons

HMS Princess was launched in 1905 as Kronprincessin Cecilie for the Hamburg America Line. She was detained in Falmouth in August 1914 and seized. She was renamed Princess in 1915 and converted to a dummy for the battleship HMS Ajax, with superstructure and guns made of wood. The work was done in Belfast by Harland and Wolff. The Princess/Ajax patrolled around Loch Ewe until October 1915, when she was decommissioned and converted to a proper armed merchant cruiser, with eight 6" guns. She recommissioned on the 6th of May 1916 and went to East Africa, where she served until October 1917, before being paid off in Bombay. Note that this vessel should not be confused with the much larger Nordeutscher Lloyd liner of the same name, interned in America in 1914 and later used by them as the troopship Mount Vernon. 1916[1]


  1. ^ Dittmar, Frederick James; Colledge, James Joseph (20 Oct 1972), British warships, 1914-1919, Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, ISBN 0-7110-0380-7