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Essington (DE 67) / HMS Essington (K.353)

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
HMS Essington (K.353) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 March 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipayrd, Hingham, Mass.
  • 19 June 1943: Launched
  • 07 September 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, renamed HMS Essington (K.353)
  • 19 October 1945: Returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 December 1947: Sold for scrapping
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    HMS Essington 72k undated wartime image: HMS Essington, Berry, and Duckworth Jim Bryce
    HMS Essington 83k An undated photo of the Captain-class frigate HMS Essington (K.353) underway.

    (Royal Navy photo #FL 11759, photographer unknown, from the collections of the Imperial War Museum)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    HMS Essington 255k January 1944 Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Evarts 60k Essington in March 1944. This shows the stern section of these ships, for comparison with the RN 'Loch" and 'Bay" classes. Note three rubbing strakes on each quarter, extra double-tier depth charge racks on each side forward of the throwers. Type SA radar at masthead, extra liferafts on the skids amidships.

    [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Evarts 117k Calder and Essington, the first 'Captain' class frigates to be returned to the US Navy after the war, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 20 October 1945. Both had completed refits as Coastal Forces Control Ships for service in the East Indies Fleet before return. Note all Oerlikons aft of the funnel removed; four single Bofors also replaced the four Oerlikons forward of the bridge. All 3" guns on Essington have spray sheilds, and Foxer gear is prominent on the sterns of both ships. Type SA radar at the masthead of both, and extra depth charge racks can be seen forward of the throwers.

    [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    ***Berry / Duckworth*** 89k undated wartime image: HMS Berry (ex-DE 3), HMS Duckworth (K.351, ex-DE 61) and HMS Essington (K.353, ex-DE 67), tied up to a mooring buoy in Plymouth harbour after returning from convoy escort duty.

    (Imperial War Museum photo #A023465, from the book "U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts", by Gordon Williamson)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    View the HMS Essington (K.353) (ex-DE 67), DANFS history entry
    located on the U.S. Naval Historical Center web site is NOT available.
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    Contact Name: Dave Davidson
    Address: Barry's Bay, Ontario
    Phone:(604) 526-7479

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