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ARAB H293
Built
1936
Smiths Dock Middlesborough
Off Number
164942
Length Ft
170.7
Tons Gross
579
Yard Number
1006
Breadth Ft
28.1
Tons Net
214
Launched
19 June 1936
Draught
14.8
Hp
99HP
Registered
27 07 1936
Engine Builder
Smiths Dock Ltd
Knots
K
Registered ARAB H293 Owners 27 07 1936 Hellyer Brothers Ltd Hull
Renamed H.M.T ARAB Owners 1939 - 1945 Admiralty
  ARAB H293 Owners 1945 Prince Fishing Co Ltd ( Owen S Hellyer Manager )
  LOCH SEAFORTH H293 Owners 1947 - 1963 Loch Fishing Co Ltd Hull
    Owners  
Fate : Scrapped 1963
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
FY 202
Anti-Submarine
1945
Convoy Escort - ON 26
Convoy Escort - RU 6 - 17 Jan 1942 left Iceland for home in company with Norwich City
16th A/S Strike Force
 

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
WAR SERVICE CREWMEN
STANNARD - VC RICHARD BEEN . HMT ARAB . Lieutenant Commander . .
LEES - DSO ERNEST THOMAS . HMT ARAB . Sub Lieutenant . .
SPINDLER - CGM DAVID GEORGE . HMT ARAB . Second Hand . .
NICHOLSON - DSM JAMES . HMT ARAB Second Engineer . .
NEWMAN - DSM CHARLES . HMT ARAB Seaman . .
HOSSACK CHARLES . HMT ARAB . Seaman . .
SHILLAN CLEMENT ARCHIBALD . HMT ARAB . Temp Lieutenant . Lieutenant 1941
BATTY ARTHUR . HMT ARAB . Acting Second Hand . .
WIGGINS JOHN RUSSELL . HMT ARAB . Signalman . .
HAYWARD CHARLES . HMT ARAB . . . Survivor of the sinking of Lady Jeanette also served on Kingston Andalusite H15
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The London Gazette Issue 34924 Published 16 August 1940

The King has been graciously pleased to approve the grant of the Victoria Cross to Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard R.N.R, HMS Arab,for outstanding valour and singal devotion to duty at Namsos.

When enemy bombing attacks had set on fire many tons of hand grenades on Namsos wharf, with no shore water supply available Lt Stannard ran Arabs bows against the wharf and held her there. Sending all but 2 of his crew aft, he then endeavoured for two hours to extinguish the fire with hoses from the forecastle. He persisted in his work till the attempt had to be given up as hopeless. after helping other ships against air attacks, he placed his own damaged vessel under shelter of a cliff, landed his crew and those of two other trawlers, and established an armed camp. Here those of duty could rest while he attacked enemy aircraft which approached by day, and kept anti-submarine watch during the night. When another trawler near-by was hit and set on fire by a bomb, he, with two others, boarded Arab and moved her 100 yards before the other vessel blew up. Finally when leaving the fjord, he was attacked by a German bomber which ordered him to steer East or be sunk. He held on his course, reserved his fire till the enemy was within 800 yards and then brought the aircraft down. throughout a period of five days Arab was subjected to 31 bombing attacks and the camp and Lewis gun positions ashore were repeatedly machine-gunned and bombed; yet the defensive position was so well planned that only one man was wounded. Lieutenant Stannard ultimately brought his damaged ship back to an English port. His continuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy was magnificent and his enterpriseand resource not only caused losses to the Germans but saved his ship and many lives.

To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service order.

Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Thomas Lees R.A.N.V.R H.M.S Arab.

The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

Second Hand David George Spindler R.N.R H.M.S Arab

For bravery and devotion to duty in certain of H.M Trawlers employed on the coast of Norway:

The Distinguished Service Medal

Mr James Nicholson 2nd Engineer R.N.R H.M.S Arab

Seaman Charles Newman R.N.R H.M.S Arab

Mention in Despatches

Seaman Charles Hossack R.N.R H.M.S Arab

 

Mention in Despatches

Acting Lieutenant Commander Richard Been Stannard, V.C., R.N.R., H.M.S. Arab

Temporary Lieutenant Clement Archibald Shillan, R.N.V.R., H.M.S. Arab

Acting Second Hand Arthur Batty, R.N.R., X.2H05A, H.M.S. Arab.

Signalman John Russell Wiggins, R.N.V:R.,C/LD/X.559I, H.M.S. Arab

 

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
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FUSSEY LESLIE 17 ARAB H293 . Deckie Learner 1946 .
KITSON ARTHUR . ARAB H293 . Chief Engineer 1936 .
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