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Ekins (DE 87)
HMS Ekins (K.552)

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 Ekins (K.552) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 July 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 02 October 1943: Launched
  • 29 November 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, commissioned as HMS Ekins (K.552)
  • 16 April 1945: Struck a mine, 13 nm nw of Oostend, Belgium, written off as a total loss.
  • 25 June 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • .. March 1947: Hulk sold to Dutch shipbreaker
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    HMS Ekins 39k 12 November 1944: The Captain-class frigate HMS Ekins (K.552) underway off Harwich, England. (Royal Navy photo #A 26397, taken by Lt. J.E. Russell, Royal Navy photographer; from the collections of the Imperial War Museums) Robert Hurst
    HMS Ekins 61k Ekins at Harwich, December 1944. She was one of the Coastal Forces Control frigates; she has a bowchaser, Headache below the Type SL aerial, and the bridge gunnery control tower added to a number of this class. [Imperial War Museum photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    HMS Ekins 49k The forecastle of Ekins, looking down from the bridge. The bowchaser detail is plain, and the Coastal Forces type rocket flare projectors can be seen on "B" gun. The anchors were stowed level with the main deck, and not in the hawsepipes. [P.W. Hayward photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    HMS Ekins 100k The forecastle of Ekins during a towing evolution, looking down from the bridge. Note the bowchaser in the previous photo is gone. [uncredited photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    HMS Ekins 144k photo credit P.W. Hayward Nick Tiberio

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