Convoy commodore
A Convoy Commodore was the title of a civilian put in charge of the good order of the merchant ships in the British convoy
A convoy is a group of vehicles, typically motor vehicles or ships, traveling together for mutual support and protection. Often, a convoy is organized with armed defensive support, though it may also be used in a non-military sense, for example when driving through remote areas.-Age of Sail:Naval...

s used during World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. Usually the convoy commodore was a retired naval officer or a senior merchant captain drawn from the RNVR. He was aboard one of the merchant ships.

The convoy commodore is to be distinguished from the commander of the escort, always a naval officer.

Noted commodores include
  • Admiral Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax
    Reginald Drax
    Admiral The Hon. Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, KCB, DSO, JP, DL was a British admiral...

  • Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer
  • Admiral Lachlan Donald Ian Mackinnon
    Lachlan Donald Ian Mackinnon
    Lachlan Donald Ian Mackinnon, CB, CVO was a Royal Navy officer, especially noted for his role as a convoy commodore during the Second World War.-Family and early career:...

  • Vice Admiral Norman Atherton Wodehouse
    Norman Wodehouse
    Vice Admiral Norman Atherton Wodehouse was a Royal Navy officer killed in the second World War. He had gained 14 caps for England at rugby union, including six as captain between 1910 and 1913.- Naval history :...

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