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DE-267 Dempsey
HMS Cooke (K-471)

CLASS: Evarts (lend-lease)
TYPE: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 (std), 1,430 tons (full) Dimensions: 289' 5" (oa), 283' 6" (wl) x 35' 0" x 11' 0" (max)
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship),
4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Machinery: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 knots Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots Crew: 156

Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard on 11 March 1943
Launched 22 April 1943, Commissioned (USN) Never
To Britain as lend lease 23 August 1943, Renamed HMS Cooke
Returned (USN) 5 March 1946

Fate: Sold for scrapping 10 June 1947

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HMS Capel 148k USS Dempsey (DE-267) and USS Wintle (DE-266) were christened on the same day, 22 April 1943, and are both named for Naval officers killed in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. The mother of Richard John Dempsey, Mrs. J. A. Dempsey, and the widow of Jack William Wintle christened each respectively. The picture shows Mrs. J. A. Dempsey (L) and Mrs. Mary Clyde Wintle (R), at the Boston Navy Yard, on the day of the christening. (Photo courtesy of USS Dempsey (DE-26) Association thanks to Steve Carlson) Bill Gonyo
HMS Cooke 326k 22 April 1943: Boston, Mass. - Mrs. James A. Dempsey, Sponsor of USS Dempsey (DE 267), christening and launching the destroyer escort at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, April 22, 1943. Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, USN, is in the background. Mrs. Dempsey was the mother of ship’s namesake, Lieutenant Junior Grade Dempsey who was killed in the Battle of Savo Island, August 9, 1942, when his ship USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk. (U.S. Navy Photo from the National Archives #80-G-62011)

View the USS Dempsey (DE 267) / HMS Cooke DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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