Jump to content
Forum Shutdown - July 28, 2023 Read more... ×
Forum Shutdown - July 28, 2023 Read more... ×
Sign in to follow this  
You need to play a total of 20 battles to post in this section.

The RMS Alcantara

1 comment in this topic

Recommended Posts

17 posts

The Alcantara may not be called a battle ship after all due to its state of being a ocean liner. Modified to be a armed merchant ship the RMS Alcantara managed to pound 2 holes on the German auxiliary cruiser Thor. Due to the damage attained during the fight the crew of Alcantara was forced to reduced speed making the German ship escape. Later on she was converted into a troop ship and then sold to Japan wherein she was renamed Kaisho Maru.


RMS Alcantara was an ocean liner of the Royal Mail Lines, a successor to the SS Alcantara that had been sunk in World War I.

Alcantara was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and launched in 1927. She ran the route from Southampton to the east coast of South America. In 1934 the ship was rebuilt with more powerful engines, increasing her top speed to 18 knots.

She was converted to an armed merchant cruiser in 1939, and refitted with a single funnel. She was dispatched to Malta for further modifications, but was involved in a major collision with the Cunard ship Franconia en route. Alcantara managed to reach Alexandria for hull repairs.

On 28 July 1940, Alcantara encountered the German auxiliary cruiser Thor in the South Atlantic. Thor scored three hits on Alcantara, and was hit twice by Alcantara's 6-inch guns. One of the hits on Alcantara flooded the engine room, which forced her to reduce speed, allowing Thor to escape.

In 1943, Alcantara was converted into a troop ship. South American service resumed in October 1948, and lasted until April 1958, when she was sold to Japanese owners, renamed Kaisho Maru, but broken up the same year.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.