Allied Warships

HMS Stella Carina (FY 352)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 352 
Built byCochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched20 Jun 1936 
CommissionedMay 1940 
End service 

Completed in August 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in May 1940.
Displacement: 440 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr gun.

Returned to her owner in May 1945.
Renamed Kopanes in 1946.
Renamed Daniel Quare in 1949.
Wrecked 7 nautical miles west-south-west of Langanes, Iceland on 9 September 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Stella Carina (FY 352)

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1T/Skr. Edward Phillips, RNR17 Nov 19396 Jun 1940
2T/Skr. W Roberts, RNR6 Jun 1940late 1940

3S.Lt. Roy Lockwood, RANVR10 Mar 194122 May 1941
4Lt. John Vernon Lobb, RANVR22 May 194130 Sep 1943
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Prat Alliston, RANVR30 Sep 1943late 1944
6T/Lt. Ronald Owen Smees, RNVRlate 1944

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Notable events involving Stella Carina include:

24 Jun 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) carries out an A/S exercise off Gibraltar with HMS Folkestone (Lt.Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and HMS Stella Carina (Lt. J.V. Lobb, RANVR).

Upon completion of this exercise all three ships joined the escort of convoy HG 66 (11th war patrol).

For the daily positions of HrMs O 21 during this patrol see the map below.


1 Jul 1941
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMS Stella Carina (Lt. J.V. Lobb, RANVR) depart from convoy HG 66 to join convoy OG 66.

A few hours later O 21 was ordered to establish a patrol off Cape Finisterre, Spain and leaves the formation. (1)

30 Jul 1941

Convoy OG 70.

This convoy departed U.K. waters on 30 July 1941 and was made up of the following merchant vessels;
Atlantic Coast (British, 890 GRT, built 1934), Berakit (Dutch, 6608 GRT, built 1924), City of Christchurch (British, 6009 GRT, built 1915), Cliftonhall (British, 5063 GRT, built 1918), Edencrag (British, 1592 GRT, built 1940), Elmdale (British, 4872 GRT, built 1941), Empire Comet (British, 6914 GRT, built 1941), Empire Ness (British, 2922 GRT, built 1941), Empire Strait (British, 2841 GRT, built 1940), Innesmore (British, 4392 GRT, built 1928), Lowther Castle (British, 5171 GRT, built 1937), Lublin (Polish, 1409 GRT, built 1932), Melrose Abbey II (British, 2473 GRT, built 1936), Mount Kassion (Greek, 7914 GRT, built 1918), Ottinge (British, 2870 GRT, built 1940), Panos (British, 4914 GRT, built 1920), Reedpool (British, 4848 GRT, built 1924), Shuna (British, 1575 GRT, built 1937), Tintern Abbey (British, 2471 GRT, built 1939) and Trevalgan (British, 5299 GRT, built 1937).

On departure from U.K. waters the convoy was escorted by the captapult ship HMS Maplin (A/Cdr. J.O. Davies, RNR), destroyers St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill), HrMs Campbeltown (Cdr. W. Harmsen, RNN), HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN), sloop HMS Deptford (Lt.Cdr. H.R. White, RN), corvettes HMS Auricula (T/Lt. W.W. White, RNR), HMS Convolvulus (T/Lt. R.C. Connell, RNR), HMS Marigold (T/Lt. J. Renwick, RNR) and HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, DSC, RNR).

On 1 August the catapult ship HMS Maplin and the destroyers St. Albans, Campbeltown and Wanderer parted company with the convoy.

On 6 August 1941, the corvettes HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR), HMS Jonquil (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RNR), HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. L.C. Head, RNVR) and the auxiliary A/S trawler HMS Stella Carina (Lt. J.V. Lobb, RANVR) joined the convoy coming from convoy HG 69.

On 8 August 1941, the destroyers HMAS Nestor (Cdr. A.S. Rosenthal, RAN) and HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St.J. Morgan, RN) were to join having departed Gibraltar on 6 August. They however could not find the convoy and only joined early on the 9th.

Also on the 8th the destroyer the destroyer HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN) joined the convoy coming from convoy HG 34FA.

Around 2000B/20, HMAS Nestor, HMS Encounter, HMS Deptford, HMS Auricula, HMS Convolvulus, HMS Jonquil, HMS Marigild and HMS Samphire parted company to join northbound convoy HG 70 which they did soon afterwards as the convoy had only been a few miles to the south of convoy OG 70.

Convoy OG 70 meanwhile continued on escorted by HMS Foresight, HMS Coreopsis and HMS Spiraea. The convoy arrived at Gibraltar on 12 August 1941.

5 Jan 1942
HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Stella Carina (Lt. J.V. Lobb, RANVR). (2)

20 Apr 1943
HMS Stella Carina and HMS Foxtrot together pick up 61 survivors from the American merchant Michigan that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-565 about 60 nautical miles west of Oran, Algeria in position 35°59'N, 01°25'W.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17179

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

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