River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate




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Laid down: 25 Oct 1943

Launched: 06 June 1944

Commissioned: 18 Nov 1944

Paid off: 28 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 23 Aug 1954

Paid off: 23 Jun 1965

Fate: Scrapped sometime after 1970


Built at Lauzon, Que, she was commissioned on 18 Nov 1944, at Quebec City. INCH ARRAN left for Halifax on 03 Dec 1944, visiting Dalhousie en route. In Jan 1945 she proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and on her return to Halifax on 04 Feb 1945, she was assigned to EG 28. She served for the rest of the war on A/S and supported duties out of Halifax, and on 13 May 1945 escorted the surrendered U 889 into Shelburne. Tropicalization refit, commenced on 06 Jun 1945 at Sydney, was suspended on 20 Aug 1945, and the ship was paid off on 28 Nov 1945. Placed in reserve at Shelburne, she was sold in 1946 to Marine Industries Ltd., but re-acquired in 1951 by the RCN for conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort at Saint John. She was re-commissioned on 23 Aug 1954, serving on the east coast as a training ship until finally paid off on 23 June 1965. She was then acquired by the Kingston Mariners' Association for conversion to a nautical museum and youth club, but was eventually scrapped in 1970. 


Webmaster's note: INCH ARRAN was supposed to have been broken up in 1970, but there is a photo of her at anchor, with RMC 72 spray painted on her hull.



Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell



Commanding Officers


A/LCdr Joseph William Eric Hastings, RCNR - 18 Nov 1944 - 15 Mar 1945

LCdr Frederick Allan Beck, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945 - 23 Mar 1945

A/LCdr Joseph William Eric Hastings, RCNR - 24 Mar 1945 - 20 Jun 1945

Lt Thomas Smith Dobson, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1945 - 07 Aug 1945

LCdr L.P. Denny, RCNR - 08 Aug 1945 - 28 Nov 1945

LCdr Philip Chesshire Hamel Cooke, RCN - 25 Nov 1959 - 11 Sep 1961

LCdr B.A. Mitchell, RCN - 09 Sep 1961 - 24 Jul 1963

LCdr Charles Robin Manifold, RCN - 24 Jul 1963 - unk

LCdr Eric Arthur Makin, RCN - unk - 23 Jun 1965



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Apple, Barnabas William Nixon, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945


Bugeja, Ignatius Louis


DeWolf, Edward Gerald, SLt (E), RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945 / 06 Jun 1945


Franks, Frederick Franz, Surg/Lt, RCNVR  - 21 Feb 1945


Lancaster, John Evan Paterson, Lt, RCNVR  - 21 Feb 1945


Lund, John Dolphin, SLt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

Musgrave, Milton Grant, Lt (S), RCNVR - 05 Jul 1945


Pastachak, William, Radar/Sonar


Rayner, Jim


Silvester, Jim Clark


Walsh, Duncan Campbell, SLt, O-75890, RCNVR - 30 Oct 1944 (Navy List Nov 1944). Appointed Lt 15 Feb 1945 (Navy List Mar 1945)



Photos and Documents




(INH001) HMCS INCH ARRAN K667  //  Courtesy of Jim Silvester, PO1, RCNVR / RCN





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INH006 / TC02

(INH002-INH004) - HMCS INCH ARRAN K667  //  From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee  //  Courtesy of Ryan Lee

(INH005) HMCS INCH ARRAN Christmas card from Jack Jacobs  //  Courtesy of Don Crackel

(INH006) HMCS INCH ARRAN jacket patch - showing a serpent capturing a U-boat.  //  From the collection of Thomas Cotnam  //  Courtesy of Andrea Woods  //  Thomas Cotnam designed this patch when he was serving in HMCS INCH ARRAN during the Second World War.  The patch depicts a serpent capturing a U-Boat.  Since INCH ARRAN was not credited with any U-boat kills - this patch most likely refers to the surrender of U-889 in which HMCS INCH ARRAN was part of the EG that participated in the surrender.





(INH100) HMCS INCH ARRAN 308 - undated  //  DND / RCN photo





(INH101) Reviewing officer inspects HMCS INCH ARRAN's commissioning guard.  Guard officer - Lt Robert Whyte.  LCdr Philip Cooke, CO, behind reviewing officer  //  From the collection of Philip Cooke  //  Courtesy of David Cooke, LT, RCN

(INH102) Lt Alex Houston on HMCS INCH ARRAN  //  From the collection of Philip Cooke  //  Courtesy of David Cooke, Lt, RCN

(INH103) Colours on board HMCS INCH ARRAN 308  //  Believed to be at her post-refit re-commissioning in1959 at Point Edward Naval Station, Sydney, NS  //  Courtesy of David Cooke, Lt, RCN






(INH104) HMCS INCH ARRAN 308 - circa 1959-61  //  From the collection of Philip Cooke  //  Courtesy of Robert Cooke

(INH105) Bridge of HMCS INCH ARRAN - somewhere down south - circa 1959-61  //  From the collection of Philip Cooke  //  Courtesy of Robert Cooke

(ING106) Wedding Reception Karen and Robert Whyte (far right) in HMCS INCH ARRAN’s Wardroom - 21 Dec 1960  //  From Left to right: Lt Peter Gardner (Supply Officer) and wife Jeanine, Lt Alex Houston (Communications Officer), Lt Howard Broe (Engineering Officer), Mrs. Thelma Houston, Officer unknown, LCdr William P. (Bill) Rikely (Executive Officer), Woman unknown, Officer unknown, Officer with glasses unknown, Woman in white dress unknown, LCdr Phil Cooke (Captain) Mrs. Margaret Cooke, Officer unknown, Mrs. Karen Whyte, Lt Robert Whyte (Operations Officer).

(INH107) The Queen Mum visits HMCS INCH ARRAN 308 - This pic is from 13 June 1962 and was taken in Prescott On. HM the Queen Mother was on board for an afternoon cruise up the St. Lawrence Seaway, through a couple of locks to Prescott. It was an “afternoon off” so only one official was taken and it was as she departed, but not before requesting our C.O. to “splice the main brace” which of course he did!!!  //  Chuck O'Neill 1st in line, bottom right corner of photo  //  Courtesy of Charles (Chuck) O'Neill  //  Click here to read the article from the Jul/Aug 1962 edition of The Crowsnest magazine on the Queen Mum's Visit aboard HMCS INCH ARRAN 308






(INH108-INH109) HMCS INCH ARRAN - date unknown

(INH110) Former HMCS INCH ARRAN 308  //  Photo taken some time after she was paid off.  Her pendant number has been painted over with an X.  Someone had painted R71 on the side of her bridge above the 308  //  Courtesy of John Rochon

(INH111) Former HMCS INCH ARRAN 308  //  Photo taken some time in or after 1972.  Her pendant number has been painted over with an X.  Additionally, someone painted RMC 72 and PUEBLO on her hull.  On her bridge above the 308, someone spray painted R71  //  Courtesy of John Rochon