HMS Thornborough (K574)

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HMS Thornborough photographed during World War II by an aircraft operating from Royal Naval Air Station HMS Osprey, Dunoon, Scotland.
History
US flag 48 stars.svgUnited States
Nameunnamed (DE-565)
Builder Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down22 September 1943 [1]
Launched13 November 1943 [1]
Completed31 December 1943 [1]
Commissionednever
FateTransferred to United Kingdom 31 December 1943 [1]
AcquiredReturned by United Kingdom 29 January 1947 [1]
FateSold for scrapping 24 April 1947 [1]
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Class and type Captain-class frigate
NameHMS Thornborough (K574)
NamesakeAdmiral Sir Edward Thornbrough (1754-1834), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Robust at the invasion of Quiberon Bay in 1795 [2]
Acquired31 December 1943 [1]
Commissioned31 December 1943 [3]
Decommissioned1945 [4]
FateReturned to United States 29 January 1947 [1]
General characteristics
Displacement1,400 long tons (1,422 t)
Length306 ft (93 m)
Beam36.75 ft (11.2 m)
Draught9 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
Speed24 knots (44 km/h)
Range5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement186
Sensors and
processing systems
Armament
Notes Pennant number K572

HMS Thornborough (K574), sometimes spelled Thornbrough, [5] 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, the ship served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.

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Construction and transfer

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-565 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 22 September 1943 and launched on 13 November 1943. [1] She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 31 December 1943. [1]

Service history

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Cyril George Hart Brown, RN, as the frigate HMS Thornborough (K574) on 31 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War II. [3]

The Royal Navy decommissioned Thornborough in 1945 [4] and returned her to the U.S. Navy on 27 January 1947. [1]

Disposal

The United States sold Thornborough on 24 April 1947 to a shipbuilding firm in Greece for scrapping. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Thornborough (DE-565) HMS Spragge (K-574)
  2. Captain Class Frigate Association: HMS Thornborough K574 (DE 565)
  3. 1 2 uboat.net HMS Thornborough (K 574)
  4. 1 2 According to uboat.net HMS Thornborough (K 574), Thornborough was not carried on the Royal Navy's active list in October 1945, indicating her decommissioning sometime earlier that year.
  5. See Collegde, J. J., Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy From the Fifteenth Century to the Present, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN   0-87021-652-X, p. 348, for this alternative spelling.