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HMCS Prince Robert Refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser
HMCS Prince Robert Refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser

The Royal Canadian Navy's practice of adapting and arming civilian craft for wartime service reached its climax with the refitting of three passenger vessels into potent warships.

Small luxury liners built in 1930, the "Prince" ships were acquired by the government in 1940. Extensive conversions and old British 6-inch guns turned them into armed merchant cruisers. Larger than any other ships in Canadian service at the time, they served widely and usefully during the war. Two later became ships carrying infantry for amphibious landings, while Prince Robert became an anti-aircraft cruiser.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20000031-088

HMCS Prince Robert Refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser
German Prisioners Leaving HMCS Prince Robert
Soviet Merchant Ship
HMCS Algonquin
HMCS Ontario in Malta
HMCS Prince Robert in Hong Kong
Liberated Prisoner of War Coming Aboard HMCS Prince Robert
Depth Charge Attack on U-Boat
Rescuing German Survivors
German Prisoners, HMCS Swansea
Spent 4-inch Cartridge Casings, HMCS Swansea
Laying a Smokescreen, HMCS Swansea
Stokers, HMCS Huron
Damage to HMCS Qu'appelle's Stern
260th Landing Craft Flotilla, Southampton, England
Officers of the 260th and 262nd Flotillas
The Crew of LCI(L) 135
LCI(L) 249, Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 249 at Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 135 on Juno Beach
LCI(L) 249 in Drydock, Portsmouth, England
Rescue at Sea
Ship's Company, HMCS Stormont
Commander Kenneth F. Adams and HMCS Iroquois