HMS Cranstoun (K511)
HMS Cranstoun (K511) was a [[Captain class frigate #REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Captain-class]] frigate of the British Royal Navy that served in the last two years of World War II. The ship was laid down as a [[Buckley class destroyer escort #REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Buckley-class]] destroyer escort at the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard at Hingham, Massachusetts on 9 June 1943, with the hull number DE-82, and launched on 28 August 1943. The ship was transferred to the UK under Lend-Lease on 13 November 1943, and named after Captain James Cranstoun, an officer who served in the American Revolutionary and French Revolutionary Wars.
At 21:14 on the evening of 15 April 1945 Cranstoun and Loch Killin, while part of the escort to Convoy TBC 128, detected the German submarine U-1063 in Bigbury Bay, Devon. The two ships mounted a coordinated attack, with Loch Killin using her Squid anti-submarine mortar three times and Cranstoun her Hedgehog mortar once, to force the U-boat to the surface. Burges then also joined the attack, as the U-boat was illuminated by the ship's searchlights and fired on with 20 mm and 40 mm guns. U-1063 attempted to escape, but Loch Killin attacked with depth charges and sank her. Only 17 of the crew survived.
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