Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.

Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive

Trumpeter (DE 279) / HMS Kempthorne (K.483)

Class: Evarts (lend-lease)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1140 tons (light), 1430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' (extreme)
Draft: 11' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 156
HMS Kempthorne (K.483) ex-Trumpeter (DE 279):
  • Contract Awarded, 25 January 1942
  • Named Trumpeter 27 May 1943
  • Keel Laid, 5 June 1943 at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston MA
  • Launched, 17 July 1943; christened / sponsored by Mrs. John D. Crecca
  • Allocated and transferred to RN, commissioned as HMS Kempthorne (K.483) 23 October 1943
  • Returned to USN 20 August 1945
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia NSY on 17 October 1945
  • Stricken 1 November 1945
  • Scrapped at Philadelphia NSY, completed on 28 May 1946
    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    HMS Kempthorne 250k This view of women welders working on the hull of DE 279 (HMS Kempthorne, ex-USS Trumpeter) at the Boston Navy Yard in June 1943 has become one of the iconic images of the 8,500 women (17 percent of the overall workforce) who worked at the Boston facility during World War II. (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14958) Stephen P. Carlson
    Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP
    Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard
    HMS Kempthorne 25k HMS Kempthorne K.483 (ex-DE 279 Trumpeter), taken from damaged HMS Nabob. (Photo Credit to Dave Flowers) Nick Tiberio

    View the HMS Kempthorne (K.483), ex-Trumpeter DE 279, DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

    History of HMS Kempthorne (K.483), ex-Trumpeter (DE 279)
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Not Applicable To This Ship

    To The Destroyer Escort Photo Index Page
    Back To The Main Photo Index

    Comments and Suggestions or Image submissions, E-mail Destroyer Escort Information
    Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster Webmaster

    This Page Created And Maintained by Mike Smolinski
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    by Paul R. Yarnall, All Rights Reserved.
    Page Last Updated 6 January 2009