Allied Warships

HMS Stella Canopus (FY 248)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 248 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched9 Mar 1936 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 

Completed in April 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in October 1939.
Displacement: 418 tons.

Returned in November 1945.
Renamed Cradock in 1946.
Renamed Stella Rigel in 1954.
Renamed Cradock in 1955.
Scrapped at Bruges, Belgium in mid-1960.

The crew of Stella Canopus.


Commands listed for HMS Stella Canopus (FY 248)

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1Cdr. (retired) Harold Richard Ware Turnor, RN4 Nov 193930 Jan 1940
2Skr. Walter Charles King, RNR30 Jan 1940

3Skr. Ernest John Attridge, RNR15 Oct 1940Jun 1942
4Skr. George Bruce, RNRJun 19422 Sep 1942
5Skr. Harold Edward Burman, RNR2 Sep 194220 Jan 1943
6T/Skr. Lawrence Ford, RNR20 Jan 194317 Aug 1943
7Skr.Lt. William John Valentine Mullender, DSC, RD, RNR17 Aug 1943

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Notable events involving Stella Canopus include:

1 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN), HMS Lady Beryl and HMS Stella Conopus (T/Skr. L. Ford, RNR). HMS Vivien (Lt. L.E. Blackmore, RN). (1)

7 Oct 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Dundee with HMS Wells (Lt. D.D. Bone, RN), HMS St. Marys (Lt. D.B.G. Dumas, RN) and HMS Stella Conopus (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18397

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

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