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HMS Trollope (K575)
HMS Trollope (K575)
HMS Trollope photographed during World War II by an aircraft operating from Royal Naval Air Station HMS Osprey, Dunoon, Scotland.
Name: unnamed (DE-566)
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 29 September 1943
Launched: 20 November 1943
Completed: 10 January 1944
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 10 January 1944
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 10 October 1944
Struck: 13 November 1944
Fate: Sold 9 January 1947 for scrapping
Scrapped 1951
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Trollope (K575)
Namesake: Admiral Sir Henry Trollope (1756-1839), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Russell at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797
Acquired: 10 January 1944
Commissioned: 10 January 1944
Fate: Constructive total loss 6 July 1944
Returned to United States 10 October 1944
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36.75 ft (11.2 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Two Foster-Wheeler Express "D"-type water-tube boilers
GE 13,500 shp (10,070 kW) steam turbines and generators (9,200 kW)
Electric motors for 12,000 shp (8,900 kW)
Two shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 186
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 K575

HMS Trollope (K575) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from January to July 1944.

Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-566 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 29 September 1943 and launched on 20 November 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 10 January 1944.

Service history

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Harry Westacott, RN,[1] as the frigate HMS Trollope (K575) on 10 January 1944 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty in the English Channel and supported the invasion of Normandy.

On 6 July 1944, Trollope either ran aground near Arromanches-les-Bains, France,[2] or was torpedoed by a German S-boat – known to the Allies as "E-boat" – motor torpedo boat off Cap d'Antifer, France,[1][3][4] according to different sources.

Trollope was declared a constructive total loss. The Royal Navy returned her to the U.S. Navy on 10 October 1944.


The U.S. Navy struck Trollope from its Naval Vessel Register on 13 November 1944. She was sold on 9 January 1947 to John Lee of Belfast, Northern Ireland, for scrapping, and was scrapped in Scotland[4] in 1951.


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