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HMS Cosby (K559)
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HMS Cosby circa. 1944
Laid down: 11 August 1943
Launched: 20 October 1943
Commissioned: 20 December 1943
Decommissioned: Returned to US Navy on 4 March 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap on 5 November 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,800 tons fully loaded
Length: 306 ft (93 m) overall
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.1 m)
Draught: 9.5 ft (2.9 m) standard
11.25 ft (3.4 m) full load

2 boilers, General Electric Turbo-electric drive 2 solid manganese-bronze 3600 lb 3-bladed propellers, 8.5 ft (2.6 m). diameter, 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) pitch 12,000 hp (8.9 MW)

2 rudders
Endurance: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: Typically between 170 & 186

HMS Cosby was a Buckley class Captain class frigate during World War II, it was named after Captain Phillips Cosby (1727–1808) of HMS Robust during the American Revolutionary War.

Originally destined for the US Navy HMS Cosby was provisionally given the name USS Reeves (later this name was reassigned to DE 156) however the delivery was diverted to the Royal Navy before the launch. The Commanding Officers of HMS Cosby were Lt Cdr R.S.Connell RN December 1943 and Lt I.Pepperell RN August 1944.

General information

HMS Cosby served with the Nore Command and the Devonport Command earning battle honours for service in the English Channel, North Foreland and North Sea.

  • Pennant (UK): K 559
  • Pennant (US): DE 94
  • Built by: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)

External links


  • The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War by Donald Collingwood. published by Leo Cooper (1998), ISBN 0-85052-615-9.
  • The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts by Bruce Hampton Franklin, published by Chatham Publishing (1999), ISBN 1-86176-118-X.

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