Allied Warships

HMS Arcturus (J 283)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 283 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byRedfern Construction Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered9 Dec 1941 
Laid down21 Feb 1942 
Launched31 Aug 1942 
Commissioned23 Oct 1943 
End service 
History

Returned to the United States Navy in 1946.
Became the Greek Pyrpolitis in 1947.  

Former nameUSS Arcturus (AM 326)

Commands listed for HMS Arcturus (J 283)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Harry Reginald Grief, RNR23 Oct 1943Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Arcturus include:


20 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR). (1)

21 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR), HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt. C.T. Shuttleworth, RNVR). (1)

30 Dec 1943
HMS Stratagem (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) and HMS Unswerving (Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR). (2)

8 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Benbecula (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F.W. Boumphrey, RNVR), HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR), HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR) and HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). (3)

9 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Benbecula (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F.W. Boumphrey, RNVR), HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR) and HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17777
  2. ADM 173/18129
  3. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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