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Bull (DE 52)
HMS Bentinck (K.314)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease), Royal Navy - Captain Class
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (max draft)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4.940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
Bentinck (K.314) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 June 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Mass as Bull DE 52
  • 03 February 1943: Launched, reallocated to the United Kingdom under lend lease
  • 19 May 1943: Accepted by the British and commissioned as HMS Bentinck (K.314)
  • 05 January 1946: Decommissioned by the British and simultaneously accepted by the U.S. Navy at the New York Navy Yard
  • 07 February 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • June 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
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    Bull 113k Hingham Mass., 1943: (Note: The same photo, in order received, from 4 different people, with three different dates and locations.) Nick Tiberio
    Bull 64k My late father served in Bentinck as supply officer until early 1944. This photo was taken during that period, possibly at Bermuda during work up. For some reason, perhaps wartime censorship, the hull number has been removed from the photo but the reflection of "K314" is visible on the water. In the RN these vessels were known as the Captain class, all named for captains in Nelson's victorious fleet at the battle of Trafalgar. Brian Dobson
    Bull 63k Bentinck oiling at Norfolk before leaving for Bermuda. The camouflage was the original, but painted out on arrival in the UK in favour of the standard North Atlantic pattern. Note H/F D/F and crow's nest already fitted. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic
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    Bull 61k 23 September 1943: The Captain-class frigate HMS Bentinck (K-314) tied-up pierside at Lisahally, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Royal Navy photo #A19460 taken by Lt. S.J. Beadell, Royal Navy photographer; from the collections of the Imperial War Museum) Robert Hurst
    Bull 101k undated: Crew on the HMS Bentinck lowering a Diverta Paravane while underway off Greenock, Scotland. (Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Lt. S.J. Beadell, Photo No. IWM(A 19606). Mike Green

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