Leading Seaman Reg Hodge and Able Seaman Michael 'Shady' Lane lost their lives whilst prepping a depth charge for seismic research aboard HMS Protector on 6th December 1963. She was working with RSS John Biscoe South of Drake's Passage at the time. The explosion injured a number of other sailors. They were buried with full naval honours in the cemetary at Stanley.
HMS Protector was a familiar and often very welcome sight for expeditioners in the British Antarctic Territory. Her rather bulky helicopter house on the aft of the ship gave a can-do air about her which spelled out security. FIDS were always welcome below decks especially at the traditional tot time. She is known as The Best Loved Ship in the Royal Navy by Those Who Serve on Her.
HMS Protector was built as a Net Layer in 1938 and converted to an Ice Patrol Ship in 1955. She was decommissioned in 1968. From 1955 to 1968 she was the Falkland Islands and Dependencies protection vessel. During her time both before and after her change of use from Net Layer to Ice Patrol Ship, thousands served aboard her.
The HMS Protector Association is supporting the British Antarctic Monument Trust and has made a generous donation.The Trustees are in touch with LS Reg Hodge's wife and sister.
Antarctic Place Name
The location of Lane Ridge in Protector Heights on the Loubert Coast
In May 2014 The British Antarctic Monument Trust received news that its application to have an Antarctic feature named after Reg Hodge had been successful.
Dick Harbour, one of the Trustees of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, and a member of the HMS Protector Association spearheaded the drive to get recognition of Michael Lane and Reg Hodge through the naming of features in the Antarctic.The application received support from Vice Admiral Sir Barry Wilson.
The features named after Leading Seaman Reginald Hodge and Able Seaman Michael Lane lie in the Protector Heights near the Loubet Coast.
Lane Ridge:66o30’S, 66o32’W : Ridge south-east of Protector Heights, Loubet Coast. Named after Able Seaman Michael Lane, crew of HMS Protector, who died in an accident onboard the vessel on 6 December 1963, during a cruise along the Scotia Ridge which was carrying out a seismic survey in conjunction with the British Antarctic Survey.
The British Antarctic Territory Gazeteer may be searched through a map interface here and shows the location of the named Antarctic features.