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DE 574
HMS Hotham (K.583)

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 Hotham (K.583) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 November 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 21 December 1943: Launched
  • 08 February 1944: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, commissioned as HMS Hotham (K.583)
  • Retained post war and fitted out as floating power station for use at Singapore
  • Moved to Hong Kong and used as station ship
  • late 1947: Returned to England
  • 13 March 1956: Returned to U.S. Navy custody in England
  • 01 November 1956: Sold for scrapping to a company in the Netherlands
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    Hotham 125k February 1944: The captain-class frigate HMS Hotham (K.583) underway at sea, photographed from an aircraft operating from Royal Navy Air Station HMS Osprey, Dunoon, Scotland. (Royal Navy photo #A 25645, photographer unknown, from the collections of the Imperial War Museums). Robert Hurst
    Hotham 28k Hong Kong Harbor, 1945 Thomas Smith
    via Malc. Bailey
    Hotham 22k Hong Kong Harbor, 1945
    Hotham 125k undated postwar image, Hotham in Malta Harbor Jim Bryce
    Hotham 101k Hotham at Malta, July 1948, as a floating power station; all guns have been removed and ports cut in the hull forward and aft. Power points in No.'s 3 & 4 Oerlikon positions and aft of the funnel. She is flying a paying-off pennant from the masthead. [A.& J. Pavia photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina

    View the HMS Hotham K.583 (ex-DE 574) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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