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ROYAL NAVY LOSSES IN SOUTH ATLANTIC - 9 SHIPS

9)HMS VOLTAIRE F 47




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Built: 1923


Commissioned: 1940


Tonnage: 13,245 / 8,630 tons


Armament: 8x 152mm, 2x 76mm


Speed: 14.5 knots


Route: Trinidad - Freetown South Atlantic Station


Sunk 4 Apr, 1941 by German raider Thor on pos. 14º 30”N 40º 30”W.


75 Dead


197 Survivors made POW


On 27 Oct, 1939 the passenger ship Voltaire of the Lamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an armed merchant cruiser.


On 4 Apr, 1941 HMS Voltaire (A/Capt. J.A.P. Blackburn, DSC, RN or RNR) was on isolated patrol in the central Atlantic, 900 nm west of the Cape Verde Islands: at 06:15 hrs she was spotted by the lookouts of the German raider Thor (Schiff 10, 3862 tgr, 6-150 {5.9"}, 4-21" tubes, FK Kähler) and the ships headed for each other.


At 06:45 hrs the opponents opened fire and by 06:49 hrs Voltaire was ablaze, by 07:15 hrs only 2 guns remained in action and by 08:00 hrs she hoisted a white flag, sinking shortly afterwards by the stern with a heavy port list in position 14º 30"N, 40º 30"W. 75 dead and 197 survivors rescued by the Germans. In the action, Thor expended 724 rounds of 15-cm.


 

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