Allied Warships

HMS Whitaker (K 580)

Frigate of the Captain class


Photo courtesy of P. Phelps

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassCaptain 
PennantK 580 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down20 Oct 1943 
Launched12 Dec 1943 
Commissioned28 Jan 1944 
End serviceMar 1945 
History

Assigned USN penant DE 571 but not named.

HMS Whitaker (Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN) was torpedoed off Malin Head in position 55º30'N, 07º39'W by the German submarine U-483, a total loss, towed to port and returned to the USN in March 1945. Scrapped  

Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 1 Nov 1944 by U-483 (Morstein).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Whitaker
Former nameDE 571

Commands listed for HMS Whitaker (K 580)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN28 Jan 19441 Nov 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Whitaker include:


My father acting PO Alan Carruthers, was the sole surviving senior person left after the loss of the bow, he was responsible for saving the ship and was awarded the BEM (Military) for this action. (1)

Media links


The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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