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HMS Moorsom (K567)
HMS Morsoom (K567)
HMS Moorsom during World War II
Name: unnamed (DE-522)
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 14 August 1943
Launched: 24 September 1943
Completed: 10 December 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 10 December 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 25 October 1945
Struck: 5 December 1945
Fate: Sold for scrapping
Scrapping completed 12 July 1946
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain class frigate
Name: HMS Moorsman (K567)
Namesake: Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom (1760-1835), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Revenge at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805[1]
Acquired: 10 December 1943
Commissioned: 10 December 1943
Decommissioned: 25 October 1945[2]
Fate: Returned to United States 25 October 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 K567

The second HMS Moorsom (K567) 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-522, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-522 by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 14 August 1943 and launched on 24 September 1943. The United States transferred her to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 10 December 1943.

Service history

The ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Moorsom (K567) under the command of Temporary Lieutenant Gerald Maurice Greenwood, RCNVR,[3] on 10 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer. She served on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea for the remainder of World War II. In addition, she supported the Allied invasion of Normandy in the summer of 1944.

After the conclusion of the war, Moorsom steamed to New York City, arriving there on 16 October 1945. The Royal Navy decommissioned her there on 25 October 1945[2] and returned her to the U.S. Navy the same day.


After her return, Moorsom remained in the 3rd Naval District. The U.S. Navy struck her from its Naval Vessel Register on 5 December 1945 and soon sold her for scrapping, which was completed on 12 July 1946.


  1. Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Moorsom K567 (DE 522)
  2. 2.0 2.1 According to HMS Moorsom (K 567), the Royal Navy did not carry Moorsom on its July 1945 active list, but the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Moorsom article says that the Royal Navy decommissioned her at New York City on 25 October 1945.
  3. HMS Moorsom (K 567)

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