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HMS Manners (K568)
Name: unnamed (DE-523)
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 14 August 1943
Launched: 24 September 1943
Completed: 16 December 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 16 December 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 8 November 1945
Struck: 19 December 1945
Fate: Sold 3 December 1946 for scrapping
Scrapped 1947
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Manners (K568)
Namesake: Rear Admiral Lord Robert Manners (1758-1782), British naval officer who died of complications from severe wounds suffered while commanding officer of HMS Resolution at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782
Acquired: 16 December 1943
Commissioned: 16 December 1943
Decommissioned: 1945[1]
Fate: Constructive total loss 26 January 1945
Returned to United States 8 November 1945
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft (88.2 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines
GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW)
GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 156
Sensors and
processing systems:
SA & SL type radars
Type 144 series Asdic
MF Direction Finding antenna
HF Direction Finding Type FH 4 antenna
Armament: 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns
1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I
7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns
Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar
Depth charges
QF 2 pounder naval gun
Notes: Pennant number K568

The second HMS Manners (K568) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort DE-523, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 14 August 1943 as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-523 and launched on 24 September 1943. The United States transferred the ship to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 16 December 1943.

Service history

The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Manners (K568) under the command of Lieutenant Denis Jermain, RN, on 16 December 1943[2] simultaneously with her transfer. She served on antisubmarine patrol and convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean.

On 26 October 1944, Manners accidentally rammed the Royal Norwegian Navy corvette HNoMS Rose (K102) in the North Atlantic. As a result of damage suffered in the collision, Rose sank at position 45°50′N 040°15′W / 45.833°N 40.25°W / 45.833; -40.25 (HNoMS Rose (K102) sunk).[2]

On 26 January 1945, Manners joined the British frigates HMS Aylmer (K463), HMS Bentinck (K314), and HMS Calder (K349) of the 4th and 5th Escort Groups in a depth-charge attack on the German submarine U-1051 in the Irish Sea about 20 nautical miles (37 km) from The Skerries, Isle of Man. During the engagement, U-1051 fired an acoustic torpedo which exploded near Manners' propellers, breaking her in two; her stern section sank, and four officers and 39 ratings were killed and 15 ratings were wounded. Aylmer, Bentinck, and Calder counterattacked, forcing U-1015 to the surface with depth charges and sinking her by ramming at position 53°39′00″N 005°23′00″W / 53.65°N 5.3833333°W / 53.65; -5.3833333 (U-1015 sunk).[2]

Manners' forward section remained afloat and was towed to Barrow-in-Furness, England, where it arrived on 27 January 1945. Beyond economical repair, she was declared a constructive total loss, and the Royal Navy soon decommissioned her.[1] The United Kingdom returned her to the U.S. Navy in England on 8 November 1945.


The U.S. Navy struck Manners from its Naval Vessel Register on 19 December 1945. The United States sold her on 3 December 1946 for scrapping to the Athens Piraeus Electricity Company, Ltd., of Athens, Greece , for delivery to the company on 7 January 1947. She was scrapped in Piraeus, Greece, during 1947.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Per HMS Manners (K 568), the Royal Navy did not carry Manners on its April 1945 active list.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 HMS Louis (K 515)

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