RMS Corfu SLV Green.jpg
SS Corfu in June 1932
  • RMS Corfu
  • SS Corfu
  • SS Corfu Maru
Owner: P&O 1931-1961
Port of registry: London United Kingdom
Route: London, Bombay, China
Ordered: 25 June 1930
Yard number: 534
Laid down: 9 September 1930
Launched: 20 May 1931
Maiden voyage: 16 October 1931
Fate: Scrapped 17 October 1961 by Miyachi Salvage Co Ltd, at Osaka, Japan.
General characteristics
Tonnage: 14,293 (GRT)
Length: 543ft
Beam: 71ft 5in
Draught: 29ft 9in
Installed power: Six steam boilers, two turbines
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 18 knots
  • 177 First Class
  • 214 Second Class
Notes: Originally proposed name Chefoo

RMS Corfu was a Royal Mail Ship and ocean liner operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. Known as one of the 'Far East Sisters', she was launched in 1931 to serve the company's India and Far East Mail Service, along with her sister ship, the RMS Carthage. Both ships were built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd in Glasgow, Scotland and served from 1931 until 1961 when they were scrapped in Japan.[1][2]

World War II

HMS Corfu at Greenock after a refit, May 1943. Note the wartime camouflage paint, and her second funnel has been removed

In September 1939 Corfu was requisitioned by the British Admiralty and armed with eight 6-inch guns as part of her conversion to an armed merchant cruiser. She served as in this role as HMS Corfu until February 1944, and as a troop transport from then until the end of World War II. On 10 July 1940 she collided with HMS Hermes in the Atlantic Ocean and was damaged and abandoned. She was reboarded later in the day and subsequently taken in tow by HMS Milford and the Dutch tug Donau and reached Freetown, Sierra Leone on 13 July. She was beached on 19 August for repairs to her bow and re-entered service in early 1941.[3] In 1947 she was returned to her owners. She operated from Tilbury, London to Sydney as P&O Corfu in the 1950s


  1. ^ http://www.poships.co.uk/thefareastpair.html
  2. ^ "RMS Corfu". Clydeships. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Naval Events, July 1940, Part 1 of 2, Monday 1st- Sunday 14th". Naval History. Retrieved 23 November 2011.


  • Smith, Andrew (1983). "Question 22/79". Warship International. XX (4): 428–429. ISSN 0043-0374.

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