ROYAL SCOTSMAN built by Harland and Wolf in
Belfast for Burns and Laird Lines Ltd and
launched on 11th March 1936 as Yard No. 964.
The ship was completed on 29th May 1936 and
entered service for use as a Passenger and
Cargo liner in the Irish Sea. She was
requisitioned by the Admiralty in October
1940 for use as a Stores Carrier but later
converted for use as a Landing Ship Infantry.
This name had not previously been used for
an RN ship and she was commissioned as HMS
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1942 - SICILY 1943 - NORTH AFRICA 1942-43 -
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is recorded in the Official List as this
ship was an Auxiliary Warship..
Landing Ship Infantry
7,500 SHP Twin Diesel Engines
1 x 12pdr,
4 x 20mm Oerlikon
236 plus 830 Troops
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Admiralty for use as a Store Carrier
Commissioned as HMS
as Landing Ship Infantry decided
Taken in hand for
modifications to suit deployment as a
Landing Ship Infantry.
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On completion carried out Acceptance Trials
and prepared for operational service.
Ship storing and naval specialist complement
(Note: The majority of the ship's company was
merchant navy personnel serving under a
not subject to the Naval Discipline Act.
The captain and some specialist officers were
RN, RNR or RNVR personnel with
Deployed in Home waters
Nominated for service in planned British
Occupation of the Azores (Operation GREY)
troops for GREY.
Passage from Clyde
to Scapa Flow with Landing Ships, RFA Tankers
troops and transport. Escort was provided by
HM Destroyers BULLDOG,
CHARLESTOWN, ECHO, INTREPID, WHITEHALL,
and WITCH as military convoy
(Note: Ships taking part in GREY were to
assemble at Scapa Flow prior to escort by
warships during passage to Azores.
Arrived at Scapa Flow with WS8C.
Operation GREY cancelled and ships of WS8C
took return passage to Clyde escorted by
Destroyers ANTELOPE, CASTLETON, CHARLESTOWN,
INTREPID, LEAMINGTON, SALADIN and HM Auxiliary
AA Ship POZARICA
Arrived in Clyde and disembarked troops.
for transport of reinforcement military
personnel to Gibraltar.
Joined military convoy WS11X in Clyde and took
passage to Gibraltar escorted by HM Destroyers
HARVESTER, HAVELOCK, BLANKNEY, LAFOREY,
LIGHTNING, ORIBI, WHITEHALL,
WITCH, Polish ORP GARLAND, Polish PIORUN,
Dutch ISAAC SWEERS, HM Battleship PRINCE
OF WALES, HM Cruisers EURYALUS and KENYA
(Note: WS11X was a Malta relief Convoy
Detached from WS11X with four other
mercantiles carrying troops to Gibraltar.
return passage to UK from Gibraltar
Resumed Home waters deployment for training
with Combined Operations personnel.
for transport of troops and equipment in Mediterranean.
9 4 2
waters deployment in continuation.
(Note: During this period extensive exercises
and planning were carried out for planned
operations involving use of this type of ship.
service in planned operation to North
African landings (Operation TORCH.)
Passage to Gibraltar as part of military
Convoy KMF1 carry troops to TORCH.
Passage to Algeria for assault landings
Landed troops at Arzew.
details see Naval Staff History and ENGAGE
THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Deployed for transport of troops and equipment
in western Mediterranean.
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Mediterranean deployment in continuation.
(Note: Troops were landed in Tunisia during
for support of planned landings and service
as transport in continuation.
Landings were made on Pantalleria in May.)
for planned assault landings in Sicily
Took part in preparatory exercises prior to
Sailed from Malta to take part in landings on
BARK SOUTH Beach head in Sicily
Landed troops on BARK SOUTH Beach Head.
Nominated for transport of troops for planned
allied landings at Salerno.
Took part in preparatory exercises
Passage to Tripoli.
Took passage from Tripoli to join military
On arrival at Salerno disembarked troops for
release from AVALANCHE nominated for return
Deployed in Home waters.
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Home waters deployment in continuation.
Did not take part in any of the landing
operations at Anzio (Operation SHINGLE)
in January, in Normandy landings during June
(Operation NEPTUNE) or in
assault on Walcheren (Operation INFATUATE) in
research is required to confirm whether ship
was damaged or only used
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Home waters deployment in continuation.
Withdrawn from service and Paid-off.
Returned to Trade.