Allied Warships

HMS Le Tiger (FY 243)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 243 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched27 Feb 1937 
CommissionedDec 1939 
End service 

Completed in May 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in October 1939.
Displacement: 516 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the United States Navy in March 1942 along with her crew to operate of the US East coast under USN control, returned to RN control in October 1942.

Sold in October 1945 to the Hull Ice Co.
Renamed Regal in July 1947.
Renamed Othello in September 1948.
Scrapped at Ghent, Belgium mid-1963.

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Commands listed for HMS Le Tiger (FY 243)

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1Skr. Arthur Richard Lewis, RNR10 Dec 193924 Jan 1940
2T/Lt. Alfred Hunter Ballard, RNR24 Jan 194010 Apr 1940
3T/Lt. Alfred Laurence Turner, RNR10 Apr 1940mid 1940

4T/Lt. Colin Arthur Hoodless, RNR6 Nov 19407 Jul 1943
5T/Lt. Robert Fulton Walker, RNVR7 Jul 194321 Mar 1944
6T/Lt. Albert Brady, RNVR21 Mar 1944

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Notable events involving Le Tiger include:

28 Dec 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.A.S. Wise, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Le Tiger (Skr. A.R. Lewis, RNR) and HMS Lady Beryl (Skr. R.W. Slater, RNR).

[No logs are available for HMS Oberon for the months of January to June 1940 so no other details on her operations can be given here other then the ones currently listed.] (1)

5 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Enchantress (Lt.Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, RN) and HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR). (2)

1 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN) and HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR). (3)

3 Jul 1942
HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR) picks up 31 survivors of the American merchant Alexander Macomb that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-215 east of Cape Cod in position 41°48'N, 66°35'W. Shortly afterwards U-215 was sunk in position 41°48'N, 66°38'W by depth charges from HMS Le Tiger.

On 13 July 2004 it is reported that the wreck of U-215 was found.

9 Dec 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Orfasy (T/A/Skr.Lt. G.A. Whichello, DSC, RNR), HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR) and HMS Viviana (Skr. R. Trueman, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 173/15805
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16767
  4. ADM 173/17529

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

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