Allied Warships

HMS Arctic Explorer (FY 162)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 162 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched30 Dec 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in March 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 1 September 1939.
Displacement: 501 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Sold in 1945.
Renamed Captain Oates in 1947.
Renamed Arctic Explorer in 1948.
Scrapped at Bo'ness around mid 1967.

 

Commands listed for HMS Arctic Explorer (FY 162)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. Charles Lamb Buchan, RNR10 Nov 1939Mar 1941
2T/S.Lt. Frederick Lorraine Mackenzie, RNVRMar 1941Mar 1942
3T/Lt. Christopher Pawley, RNVRMar 1942Feb 1944
4T/Lt. Denis Hugh Crampton, RNRFeb 19444 Aug 1944
5T/Lt. Arthur Robert James Tilston, DSC, SANF(V)4 Aug 1944Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Arctic Explorer include:


22 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Plymouth for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Arctic Explorer (T/Lt. F.L. Mackenzie, RNVR). (1)

2 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Monkshood (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Arctic Explorer (T/Lt. C. Pawley, RNVR). (2)

3 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Arctic Explorer (T/Lt. C. Pawley, RNVR), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), USS Temptress (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Kirvan, USN) and USS Fury (Lt. N. Adair, Jr., USN). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17197
  2. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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