Her sister-ships, on the other hand, were a different story: both were in need of major repairs. As a gun platform, this was not an ideal trait and extra care and practice was needed to overcome the tendency to a quick rolling motion. The Germans had left for the north a few days earlier. HMCS Prince David 1/1800 (PDMLTCSYY) by squint181 on Shapeways. The British Admiralty had been depositing defensive equipment in Canada between the wars in order to arm fast liners as AMCs in the event of hostilities. Description. Two 3-inch (76 mm) guns were fitted on the upper deck amidships, along with several light anti-aircraft machine guns. HMCS Prince David in the Panama Canal Zone. Expecting that either U-boat or surface raider would sink her, if she did not founder first, Captain Adams decided to intervene, and took the merchantman in tow. Prince David was originally a 3 funnel steam cruise ship that operated out of Canadas west coast. Substantial alterations were carried out at the Halifax Ship yard. From the collection of Rev. The identity of this ship remains a mystery. Unidentified soldiers preparing to disembark from H.M.C.S. Lea Gillard, Chaplain, RCN / RCN(R) Courtesy of Charles Quinn (1) Noble, ST (20 Kilpatrick, ST (3) Landon, EA (4) Peters, Chief EA (5) … In the spring of 1943, work was under way on the conversion of HMCS Prince David and HMCS Prince Henry to Landing Ship Infantry (Medium) LSI (M). Prince David limped into Salamis Bay under her own power, albeit slightly down in the bow. Mock bombardments of imaginary shore positions were carried out by Prince David in Saanich Inlet, and equally imaginary shore batteries fired back, while movie raiders rowed the ship's boats ashore as hard as they could. HMCS Prince David (F89) (Prince class) HMCS Prince Henry (F70) (Prince class) HMCS Prince Robert (F56) (Prince class) Captain Godfrey deployed a fog buoy as a precaution. On 24 August, Prince David was ordered to rendezvous with HMS Circassia, an 11,000 ton AMC. The German raider, which had fought successful actions with two other British merchant cruisers, rescued 197 officers and men from HMS Voltaire (72 crew members died in the action). raider, and faster than Thor, they were undeniably out-classed in firepower: HMCS Prince David (F89) was one of three Canadian National Steamships Canadian National Railway passenger liners that were converted for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), first to Armed Merchant Cruisers at the beginning of World War II, then Infantry Landing Ships (Medium) or Anti Aircraft Escort. 'Princes' during a stormy passage to Hamilton, Bermuda. In 1943 she was refitted with AA armament, and transferred to the Atlantic and Mediterranean to escort convoys before refitting at Esqimalt until June 1945. On one occasion, while escorting two merchant ships to Dutch Harbor, Prince David encountered a thickening fog. surrounding it could hardly fail to impress the men of Prince David with the danger of their role, and its importance in the war at sea. After 2 hours of continuous shelling, the outgunned Voltaire began to sink. HMCS Prince David, Prince Henry and Prince Robert were three ships purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy from Canadian National Steamships in early 1940 to be used as armed merchant cruisers.Not named for royalty, these ships were named after the President and two Vice-Presidents of the Canadian National Railway. After a major refit they were converted to an armed merchant cruiser in 1939 and a infantry landing ship in 1943. Prince David was suffering from neglect, with a badly fouled hull, rotten deck planks and bulkheads rusted thin. As the one remaining assault craft made its way back to Prince David, a charging tank carrier forced her over an obstacle, which tore out her bottom and she sank at once. Chapter 8, Princes Three: Canada's use of Armed Merchant Cruisers during World War II, (Fraser M. McKee), page 133, Boutillier, James, A. RCN in Retrospect 1910 - 1968. Sold in 1948 for mercantile purposes and renamed Charlton Monarch, she was broken up in 1951. By the late 1930s, and with war looming, the Canadian chief of Naval Staff had designated the three 'Prince' ships as candidates for conversion to Armed Merchant Cruisers, for the task of convoy escort. During the night of the 14th, the troops landed and were greeted not by the enemy, but by crowds of elated Greeks. HMCS Prince Robert, April 1941. The Canadian landing craft then followed to form up with craft from other Canadian Flotillas. Georgios Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, speaking to the Ship's Company of HMCS Prince David, A general strike had sparked an armed clash between police and civilians near the Prime Minister's residence at Piraeus. She did not reply correctly to Prince David's challenge and steamed off after 50 minutes. Considering the location of German raiders at this period, it's unlikely that it was a ship of this kind and despite newspaper articles claiming otherwise, was not the Admiral Hipper.  University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver & London. She was one of three Prince Class ships in the RCN. On board Prince David was Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece and his government in exile. HMCS PRINCE ROBERT before her 1943 conversion. Each had cost $2,000,000 at completion and with a speed of 22 knots (41 km/h), they were among the fastest ships in the Canadian registry. HMCS Prince David is one of two Canadian sister ships that were used as Landing Ship Infantry Medium vessels during the later part of WW2. Prince David off Bernires-sur-Mer. 31 Officers and 386 Crew, Arms: 4-4" Guns (2 x II), 2-2pdrs, 8-20mm. HMCS PRINCE DAVID. Builder: Cammell, Laird & Co., Birkenhead, U.K. Godfrey, RCN; Their two LCA Flotillas: HMCS Prince David sailed for the island of Kithera on 14 September with a force of 530 troops of the 9th British Commando to begin the liberation of Greece. The hull and deck were stiffened and some watertight subdivision added. HMCS PRINCE DAVID (F89) The History of the PRINCE DAVID. RCN ratings enjoy an enthusiastic welcome during the liberation of Greece. HMCS Prince David sailed for the island of Kithera on 14 September with a force of 530 troops of the 9th British Commando to begin the liberation of Greece. Prince David's 529th flotilla landed loyal Greek troops at first light on 4 December as rifle and mortar fire could be clearly heard in the city. Voltaire was a British AMC, in fact one of the RN's largest, and, like Prince David, she had been charged with the task of defending convoys and intercepting enemy shipping. HMCS Prince David 1/2400 (BFF3PMUHT) by squint181 on Shapeways. (Leacock & Roberts), Charlton Steam Shipping Co. purchased Prince David in September 1946. PRINCE DAVID off the Normandy beachhead, France, 6 June 1944. They were reconfigured to carry 550 infantrymen transported in six Landing Craft Assault (LCA) and two Landing Craft Mechanised (LCM), and have large sick-bay facilities for the anticipated casualties. HMCS Prince David 1/1250 (ARE386Q46) by squint181 on Shapeways. Their task was calibre armament, with superior German director gear; reasonable doubt After completion, Prince David and Prince Henry joined Combined Operations Command at Cowes, Isle of Wright. HMCS Prince David was one of three Canadian National Steamships Canadian National Railway passenger liners that were converted for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), first to Armed Merchant Cruisers at the beginning of Second World War, then Infantry Landing Ships (Medium) or Anti Aircraft Escort. Late in February 1945 Prince David sailed for Esquimalt to be refitted and transferred to the RN for use in south-east Asia operations. Photo by R.G. The U-boat War in World War Two (Kriegsmarine, 1939-1945) and World War One (Kaiserliche Marine, 1914-1918) and the Allied efforts to counter the threat. Jack Beveridge, wounded by an exploding mine, being brought aboard H.M.C.S. Chapter 8, Princes Three: Canada's use of Armed Merchant Cruisers during World War II, (Fraser M. McKee), page 129, Boutillier, James, A. RCN in Retrospect 1910 - 1968. World War 2 Photos > Canadian Forces > HMCS PRINCE DAVID, D-DAY. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver & London. 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