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DE 563
HMS Spragge (K.572)

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 Spragge (K.572) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 16 October 1943: Launched
  • 14 January 1944: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, commissioned as HMS Spragge (K.572)
  • 28 February 1946: Returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • :18 November 1947 Sold for scrapping
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    Spragge 50k undated wartime image Jim Bryce
    Spragge 118k Spragge in June 1945. This shows the deck layout of this class, especially the quarterdeck. Note the extra liferafts and depth charge racks. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    HMS Spragge 139k HMS Spragge (K.572) underway in 27 June 1945. Note the shield on 'B' gun. (Photo © IWM #A 29816 from the Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection) Mike Green
    HMS Spragge 102k HMS Spragge (K.572) underway in August, 1945. Note the shield on 'B' gun. (Photo © IWM #A 30289 from the Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection)

    The HMS Spragge K.572 (ex-DE 563) DANFS history entry
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