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Arctic Convoys

There were 184 British Merchant ships that took part in the Arctic convoys. This list gives the name of the ship, followed by the convoy numbers, and indicates that ships that were lost. Some ships actually sailed indepently, and were not in a convoy.

The individual service records for the Merchant Navy are held at the Public Records Office in Kew in the Fifth Register of Merchant Seamans Service in BT382. These records state the names of individuals and the ships and dates they served on them. Cross referenced with the Ships Movement Cards in BT389 would determine whether an individual was on any of the ships during a Convoy to Russia.

Many thanks to Billy McGee who supplied this information and list.


  Ship's Name No. Convoys Sunk
  Adolph S Ochs 6
 JW-60, JW-63, JW-64, JW-67, RA-61, RA-65
 
* Aldersdale DERVISH 2
PQ-14, PQ-17
Yes
* Atheltemplar 3
PQ-14, PQ-18, QP-11
Yes
  Atlantic 9
PQ-1, PQ-9, PQ-16, QP-2, QP-8, QP-13, JW-52, JW-53, RA-54B
 
  Barrwhin 2
PQ-11, QP-9
 
  Beaconstreet 2
PQ-12, QP-10
 
  Black Ranger 9
PQ-1, PQ-16, PQ-18, QP-1, QP-14, JW-64, JW-66, RA-64, RA-66
 
  Blairnevis 2
PQ-1, QP-2
 
  Blue Ranger 6
JW-63, JW-65, JW-66, RA-63, RA-65, RA-66
 
* Bolton Castle 1
PQ-17
Yes
* Botavon 3
PQ-7B, PQ-15, QP-7
Yes
  Briarwood 8
PQ-3, PQ-5, PQ-14, not in convoy, QP-4, QP-11, JW-51A, RA-52
 
  British Corporal 1
PQ-14
 
  British Governor 2
 JW-53, RA-54A
 
  British Merit 2
JW-64, RA-65
 
  British Patience 2
JW-60, RA-61
 
  British Pride 2
PQ-8, QP-8
 
  British Promise 5
JW-59, JW-63, JW-67, RA-60, RA-64
 
  British Respect 4
JW-62, JW-66, RA-63, RA-67
 
  British Statesman 2
JW-55B, RA-56
 
  British Valour 2
JW-57, RA-58
 
British Workman 2
PQ-8, QP-8
* Cape Corso 4
PQ-3, PQ-14, PQ-15, QP-4
Yes
  Cape Race 4
PQ-3, PQ-15, QP-4, QP-12
 
* Chulmleigh 3
PQ-5, QP-13 not in convoy
Yes
  Copeland 9
 PQ-18, QP-15, JW-54A, JW-57, JW-66, RA-54B, RA-57, RA-58, RA-66
 
  Daldorch 7
PQ-11, QP-9, OPFB, JW-51B, JW-54B, RA-52, RA-55B
 
  Dan-Y-Bryn 8
PQ-4, PQ-14, PQ-18, QP4, QP-11, QP-15, JW-52, RA-53
 
  Daphnella 2
JW-57, RA-58
 
  Dartford 2
PQ-8, QP-7
 
  Dolabella 6

JW-58, JW-61, JW-65, RA-59, RA-62, RA-66

 
  Dover Hill 3
JW-51B, JW-53, RA-54B
 
* Earlston 3
PQ-12, PQ-17, QP-9
Yes
  El Mirlo 4
PQ-6, PQ-14, QP-4, QP-10
 
  Elona 2

PQ-6, QP-8

 
  Empire Archer 6
JW-51B, JW-55A, JW-63, RA-53, RA-56, RA-64
 
  Empire Baffin 10
PQ-2, PQ-11, PQ-16, PQ-18, QP-3, QP-9, QP-13, QP-15, JW-52, JW-53
 
  Empire Bard 4
 PQ-14, PQ-15, RA-57, RA-59A
 
* Empire Beaumont 1
PQ-18
Yes
  Empire Buttress 1
JW-59
 
* Empire Byron 3
PQ-12, PQ-17, QP-9
Yes
  Empire Carpenter 3
 JW-54A, JW-57, RA-55A
 
  Empire Celia 8
JW-54A, JW-57, JW-60, JW-63, RA-55A, RA-58, RA-61, RA-64
 
  Empire Clarion 2
JW-52, RA-53
 
* Empire Cowper 2
PQ-13, QP-10
Yes
  Empire Elgar 2
PQ-16, RA-59A
 
  Empire Emerald 3
JW-51B, JW-67, RA-53
 
  Empire Flint 2
 JW-64, RA-65
 
  Empire Fortune 2
JW-53, RA-54A
 
  Empire Galliard 4
JW-53, not in convoy, RA-51, RA-54A
 
  Empire Garrick 4
JW-62, JW-66, RA-63, RA-67
 
* Empire Gilbert 1
 not in convoy
Yes
  Empire Halley 2
PQ-7B, QP-7
 
* Empire Howard 3
PQ-7B, PQ-14, QP-6
 
  Empire Kinsman 2
JW-53, RA-54A
 
* Empire Lawrence 1
PQ-16
Yes
  Empire Lionel 2
JW-54B, RA-56
 
  Empire Magpie 2
PQ-11, QP-9
 
  Empire Mavis 2
PQ-6, QP-13
 
  Empire Meteor 4
PQ-4, QP-13, JW-51A, RA-52
 
  Empire Morn 4
PQ-15, PQ-18, QP-12, QP-15
 
  Empire Nigel 3
JW-54A, JW-57, RA-55A
 
  Empire Pickwick 3
JW-55A, RA-56, RA-57
 
  Empire Ploughman 2
JW-56A, RA-57
 
  Empire Portia 2
JW-52, RA-54A
 
  Empire Prowess 3
JW-58, JW-67, RA-59A
 
* Empire Purcell 1
PQ-16
Yes
* Empire Ranger 1
PQ-13
Yes
  Empire Redshank 2
PQ-7B, QP-6
 
  Empire Scott 4
not in convoy, JW-53, RA-51, RA-54B
 
  Empire Selwyn 4
 PQ-9, PO-16, QP-8, QP-13
 
* Empire Sky 1
not in convoy
Yes
  Empire Snow 4
PO-18, QP-15, JW-52, RA-53
 
  Empire Stalwart 6
 JW-54B, JW-62, JW-65, RA-55B, RA-63, RA-66
 
* Empire Starlight 1
PQ-13
Yes
  Empire Stevenson 3
PQ-5, PQ-18, QP-13
Yes
  Empire Tide 2
PQ-17, QP-14
 
* Empire Tourist 2
JW-56B, RA-57
Yes
   Empire Tristram 4
PQ-18, QP-15, JW-52, RA-53
 
  Empress of Australia 2
JW-61A, RA-61A
 
  Esneh DERVISH 1
QP-1
 
  Eulima 3
PQ-4, QP-4, QP-5
 
  Explorer 3
PQ-6, QP-8, JW-53
 
  Fort Astoria  
JW-55A, RA-56
 
* Fort Bellingham 1
JW-56A
Yes
  Fort Boise 4
JW-62, JW-65, RA-63, RA-66
 
  Fort Brule 2
 JW-57, RA-59
 
  Fort Columbia 4
JW-54B, JW-58, RA-55B, RA-59
 
  Fort Crevecoeur 6
JW-56B, JW-61, JW-64, RA-57, RA-62, RA-65
 
  Fort Glenora 2

JW-59, RA-60

 
  Fort Hall 4
 JW-55A, JW-58, RA-56, RA-59
 
  Fort Highfield 3
JW-62, JW-67, RA-63
 
  Fort Island 2
JW-62, RA-63
 
  Fort Kullyspell 4
JW-55B, JW-58, RA-56, RA-59
 
  Fort Massac 4
 JW-62, JW-65, RA-63, RA-66
 
  Fort McMurray 4
JW-54B, JW-57, RA-55A, RA-58
 
  Fort Missanabie 2
JW-55A, RA-56
 
  Fort Nakasley 2
JW-55B, RA-56
 
  Fort Norfolk 2
JW-56B, RA-57
 
  Fort Poplar 2
JW-54B, RA-55B
 
  Fort Romaine 4
JW-57, JW-61, RA-58, RA-62
 
  Fort Slave 2
JW-56A, RA-57
 
  Fort Thompson 2
JW-55A, RA-56
 
  Fort Vercheres 6
JW-55B, JW-58, JW-64, RA-56, RA-59A, RA-65
 
  Fort Yukon 8
JW-54A, JW-58, JW-61, JW-65, RA-55A, RA-59, RA-62, RA-66
 
  Gemstone 2
PQ-l, QP-2
 
* Goolistan 2
PQ-18, QP-15
Yes
* Gray Ranger 4
PQ-15, PQ-17, PQ-18, QP-14
Yes
  Harmatris 2
PQ-8, QP-14
 
  Harmonic 2
PQ-1, QP-2
 
* Harpalion 4
PQ-2, PQ-13, QP-3, QP-10
Yes
* Hartlebury 5
PQ-2, PQ-11, PQ-17, QP-3, QP-9
Yes
  Hopemount 2
PQ-14, RA-51
 
* Induna 1
 PQ-13
Yes
  Junecrest 2
JW-54A, RA-55A
 
* Jutland 3
PQ-7B, PQ-15, QP-7
Yes
  Kingswood 2
РО-11, QP-9
 
  Lacklan 6
JW-58, JW-63, JW-65, RA-59A, RA-63, RA-65
 
* Lancaster Castle 1
PQ-12
Yes
  Lancastrian Prince DERVISH 1
QP-1
 
  Lapland 3
 JW-55A, JW-61, RA-59
 
  Lars Kruse 1
PQ-13
 
  Laurelwood 6
JW-61, JW-62, JW-66, RA-61, RA-62, RA-67
 
  Llandaff 4
PQ-12, QP-9, JW-53, RA-54B
 
  Llanstephan Castle DERVISH 1
QP-1
 
  Longwood 2
JW-62, RA-63
 
  Lorca 2
PQ-l, QP-2
 
* Lowther Castle 3
PQ-11, PQ-16, QP-9
Yes
  Lucerna 8
JW-55A, JW-57, JW-60, JW-64, RA-55B, RA-58, RA-61, RA-65
 
  Luculus 4
JW-59, JW-62, RA-59A, RA-62
 
  Mano 1
PQ-13
 
  Marylyn 2
PQ-11, QP-9
 
  Montcalm 1
PQ-15
 
  Nacella 4
JW-59, JW-63, RA-60, RA-64
 
* Navarino 3
PQ-12, PQ-17, QP-10
Yes
  Neritina 4
JW-60, JW-64, RA-61, RA-65
 
* New Westminster City DERVISH 2
PQ-13, QP-1
Yes
  Ocean Faith 4
PQ-18, QP-15, JW-52, RA-53
 
* Ocean Freedom 3
PQ-17, QP-14, JW-53
Yes
  Ocean Gypsy 2
JW-55B, RA-56
 
  Ocean Messenger 2
 JW-55B, RA-56
 
  Ocean Pride 2
 JW-55B, RA-56
 
  Ocean Strength 4
JW-54B, JW-57, RA-55A, RA-58
 
  Ocean Valour 2
JW-55B, RA-56
 
  Ocean Vanity 2
JW-54A, RA-55A
 
  Ocean Verity 2
JW-54A, RA-55A
 
  Ocean Viceroy 2
JW-55B, RA-56
 
* Ocean Voice 2
PQ-16, QP-14
Yes
  Oligarch 6
PQ-18, QP-14, JW-51A, JW-52, RA-51, RA-53
 
  Orient City 2
 PQ-2, QP-3
 
  Pontfield 2
JW-51B, RA-54A
 
  Queen City 2
PQ-2, QP-3
 
  Rathlin 12
PQ-17, QP-14, JW-54B, JW-58, JW-59, JW-62, JW-67, RA-55A, RA-58, RA-60, RA-62, RA-67
 
* River Afton 5
PQ-1, PQ-13, PQ-17, QP-2, QP-10
Yes
  Samannan 2
 JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samaritan 6
JW-60, JW-63, JW-66, RA-61, RA-64, RA-67
 
  Samcalia 2
JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samconstant 2
 JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samgara 2
JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samidway 2
 JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samloyal 2
 JW-59, RA-60
 
  Samlyth 2
JW-59, RA-60
 
* Samsuva 2
JW-59, RA-60
Yes
  Samtredy 2
 JW-59, RA-60
 
  San Adolfo 4
 JW-54B, JW-56A, RA-55A, RA-57
 
  San Ambrosio 7
PQ-3, QP-4, QP-5, JW-55A, JW-57, RA-55A, RA-57
 
  San Cipriano 2
 JW-51A, RA-53
 
  San Cirilo 2
JW-56A, RA-57
 
  San Venancio 4
JW-61, JW-65, RA-62, RA-66
 
  Scottish American 2
PQ-13, QP-12
 
  Scythia 2
JW-61 A, RA-61A
 
  Southgate 4
PQ-8, PQ-15, QP-7, QP-12
 
  St Clears 2
PQ-5, QP-13
 
  Syrian Prince 2
JW-61, RA-61
 
  Temple Arch 8
PQ-2, PQ-12, PQ-18, QP-3, QP-10, QP-15, JW-52, RA-53
 
  Thistledale 2
JW-55A, RA-56
 
  Trehata DERVISH 5
PQ-5, PQ-14, QP-1, QP-4, QP-11
 
   Trekieve 2
PQ-3, QP-4
 
  Trevorian 2
PQ-9, QP-9
 
  Ville D'Anvers 2
PQ-l, QP-2
 
  Wanstead 2
PQ-3, QP-4
 
* Waziristan 1
PQ-7A
Yes
* Zaafaran 1
PQ-17
Yes
  Zamalek 5
PQ-6, PQ-17, QP-14, JW-60, RA-60
 

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