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ARCTIC HUNTER H17
Built
1929
Cook Welton & Gemmell
Off Number
160822
Length Ft
140.2
Tons Gross
356
Yard Number
613
Breadth Ft
24.0
Tons Net
145
Launched
12 01 1929
   
Hp
96 HP
Registered
14 02 1929
Engine Builder
C D Holmes
Knots
10.9 K
Previous Name 1929 CAPEL H17 Owners 1929 - 1939 F & T Ross Ltd Hull
Renamed 1939 ARCTIC HUNTER H17 Owners 1939 Boyd Line Hull
  H.M.T ARCTIC HUNTER   1939 - 1945 Admiralty
  ARCTIC HUNTER H17   1945 Boyd Line Hull
Renamed LORD FOYLE H17 Owners 1950 - 1952 Associated Fisheries - Lord Line Hull
Fate : 1952 Scrapped Suderland by T Young Ltd
Admiralty Requisition
Pennant No
Role
Returned
1939
FY4.81
Minesweeper
1945
May 1940 whilst serving with the 120th Minesweeper Group out of Sheerness the Arctic hunter and the Melante were sweeping a channel near the Thames Estuary when they were called to go to Hook of Holland and sweep a channel from the Harbour, both vessels cleared a path and axiously watched as a british Destroyer left the harbour and proceeded to sea. The trawler crews unaware that aboard the Destroyer was Queen Wilhemina of Holland making her way to safety in Britain. The Melante and Arctic Hunter immediately proceeded to Dover and were soon sweeping channels around Dunkirk.
 

Courtesy and © Les Emery

Surname
Christian
Age
Vessel
Birth Pl
Occupation
Date/ Scource
Detail
CREWMEN
LOFTS WILLIAM HERBERT DSM . HMT ARCTIC HUNTER . Engineman . War Service Crew
EMERY ALFRED SIDNEY . HMT ARCTIC HUNTER . Seaman 1942 - 1945 War Service Crew
CULLUM MICHAEL . HMT ARCTIC HUNTER . . . War Service Crew
LAWSON EDDIE . HMT ARCTIC HUNTER . . . War Service Crew
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O`NEIL MICHAEL . ARCTIC HUNTER Engineer 1947 .
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Courtesy and © Les Emery The Arctic Hunter H17 undergoing conversion to a minesweeper 1939

 

Left - Alfred Sidney Emery

 

Right - William Herbert Lofts DSM

Photo`s Courtesy and ©Les Emery

 

The Distinguished Service Medal

Engineman William Herbert Lofts (H.O.) (R.N.P.S.) LT/KXI02459, H.M.T. Arctic Hunter.

Mentioned In Despatches

Seaman Alfred Sidney Emery, LT/JX.225649 (Westcliffe-on-Sea).

A HUNTER CREW

Certificate to Alfred Sidney Emery who was Mentioned in Despatches whilst serving on HMT Arctic Hunter

Plaque presented to the Town of Tring who adopted the Arctic Hunter during Warship week in March 1942, Donations and gifts would be presented to the serving crew by the people of the Town

 

Arctic Hunter crew photo`s 1943 - 1944. Courtesy and © Les Emery

I wish to thank Les Emery for the Information and photo`s he supplied and allowed me to use.