Allied Warships

HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 186 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched15 Dec 1936 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 

Completed in February 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 493 tons.

Sold in July 1945.
Renamed Conan Doyle.
Scrapped at St Davids on Forth in 1966.


Commands listed for HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186)

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1Cdr. (retired) James Halliburton Young, RN11 Sep 1939late 1941
2Ch.Skr. Harold Burnett Wray, RNRlate 19416 Feb 1942
3Skr. George Thomas Lilley, DSC, RNR6 Feb 1942Jul 1942
4Skr. John Foubister Banks, RNRJul 194210 Nov 1943
5A/Skr.Lt. John Howson, RNR10 Nov 1943

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Notable events involving Arctic Ranger include:

28 Feb 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Arctic Ranger (Skr. G.T. Lilley, DSC, RNR), HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR) and aircraft. (1)

12 Nov 1942
In the evening of 12 November 1942 HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) and HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) both fuelled from 'Force R' which was made up of the tankers Dingledale (8145 GRT, built 1941, master R.T. Duthie) and Brown Ranger (3417 GRT, built 1941, master D.B.C. Ralph). Escort for this force was provided by the corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) and four A/S trawlers, HMS Arctic Ranger (Skr. J.F. Banks, RNR), HMS Imperialist (T/Lt. A.R.F. Pelling, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR).

The destroyers were to join 'Force H' at sea but were ordered to remain with 'Force R' during the night.

17 Feb 1945
HMS Arctic Ranger (A/Skr.Lt. J. Howson, RNR) picks up men from the British tanker Regent Lion that was torpedoed and damaged 27 nautical miles west of Gibraltar in position 35?56'N, 05?45'W by German U-boat U-300.


  1. ADM 173/17180

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

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