HMS Trollope (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.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Harry Westacott, RN, 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, or was torpedoed by a German S-boat – known to the Allies as "E-boat" – motor torpedo boat off Cap d'Antifer, France, 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 in 1951.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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