Allied Warships

HMS Moorsom (K 567)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 567 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Aug 1943 
Launched24 Sep 1943 
Commissioned10 Dec 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN pennant DE 522 but not named.

HMS Moorsom is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Returned to the US Navy on 25 October 1945. Scrapped.

Former nameDE 522

Commands listed for HMS Moorsom (K 567)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Parker Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR10 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Moorsom include:

28 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Moorsom (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Seymour (Lt. G.J. Parry, RNR) and HMS Stayner (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSO, DSC, RNR). (1)

14 Aug 1944
HMS Urtica (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Moorsom (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR). (2)

17 Aug 1944
Around 0600B/17, 'Force 32', made up of the escort carrier HMS Fencer (A/Capt. W.W.R. Bentinck, OBE, RN), frigates HMS Moorsom (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and the corvettes HMS Abelia (T/Lt. D.S. Hutton, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus (?) and HNoMS Rose departed Loch Foyle for an A/S patrol in the central North Atlantic between 52°N / 55°N and 30°W and 34°W. Later they were ordered to patrol in the Cape Wrath / North Minches area.

In the afteroon of 19 August 1944, HMS Abelia was topped off with fuel by HMS Fencer.

In the morning of 20 August 1944, HMS Anguilla was topped off with fuel by HMS Fencer.

Around 2315B/21, HMS Fencer escorted by HMS Anguilla and HNoMS Rose set course for Loch Ewe where HMS Fencer arrived around 1630B/22.

HMS Moorsom, HMS Abelia arrived at Lough Foyle on 22 August 1944. HNoMS Acanthus arrived at Liverpool on 23 August 1944. After escorting HMS Fencer to Loch Ewe, HMS Anguilla arrived at Lough Foyle on 22 August 1944 and HNoMS Rose arrived at Liverpool on 23 August 1944. (3)

25 May 1945

Convoy CU 72.

This convoy departed New York on 25 May 1945.

It was made up of the following (troop) transports / tankers; Allatoona (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1945), Aztec (Hunduran, 5511 GRT, built 1929), Blue Licks (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1945), Champion's Hill (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1944), Chicaca (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1945), Churubusco (American (tanker), 10195 GRT, built 1943), Empire Law (British (tanker), 8128 GRT, built 1944), Empire Protector (British (tanker), 8148 GRT, built 1944), Fort Ridgley (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1944), French Creek (American (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1944), Great Republic (American, 6178 GRT, built 1943), Hammerfest (Norwegian (tanker), 10297 GRT, built 1945), James Parker (American, 10021 GRT, built 1939), Karsten Wang (Norwegian (tanker), 10296 GRT, built 1944), Kirkenes (Norwegian (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1944), Raphael Semmes (American, 6165 GRT, built 1942), Red Bank (American (tanker), 10172 GRT, built 1944), Robin Sherwood (American, 7101 GRT, built 1941), Sea Tiger (American, 7886 GRT, built 1944), Sweepstakes (American, 8258 GRT, built 1944) and Wolf Creek (American (tanker), 10448 GRT, built 1944).

The escort carrier, in an aircraft ferry role, HMS Ranee (A/Capt. J.A.W. Tothill, DSC, RN) was also part of the convoy.

The convoy was escorted by Task Group 61.8 which was made up of the destroyer escorts USS Pillsbury (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Cassleman, USNR, with COMTASKGR 61.8 / COMCORTDIV 4, Capt. J.R. Litchfield, USNR, on board), USS Pope (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Montgomery, USNR), USS Flaherty (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Duff, USNR), USS Chatelain (Lt.Cdr. D.S. Knox, USNR) and USS Neunzer (Lt.Cdr. V.E. Gex, USNR).

Around 0715Q/26, the Boston section of the convoy, made up of the (troop) transport General T.H. Bliss (American, 9943 GRT, built 1942) joined. She had been escorted to the rendezvous by the destroyer escorts USS Amick (with, COMCORTDIV 15, T/Cdr. F.C.B. McCune, USN, on board), USS Atherton (Lt. L. Iselin, USNR) and USS Booth (Lt. J.L. Rinn, USNR).

On 1 June 1945, the USS Raphael Semmes straggled from the convoy due to defects. She was ordered to proceed to her destination independently.

On 2 June 1945, the convoy split into the 'Irish Sea section ' escorted by USS Pope and USS Chatelain and the 'English Channel section ' escorted by USS Pillsbury, USS Flaherty and USS Neunzer.

On 3 June 1945, USS Pope arrived at Liverpool with the ' Liverpool Section ' of the convoy. USS Chatelain had been detached on 2 June 1945 with the ' Bristol Channel Section ' of the convoy made up of two ships, one of which was the Kirkenes. USS Chatelain arrived at Cardiff on 3 June 1945. HMS Ranee proceeded to the Clyde where she arrived on 4 June 1945.

Around 0300A/3, the ' English Channel Section ' of the convoy was joined by the frigates HMS Ascension (Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR) and HMS Moorsom (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR). They remained in company until around 1515A/3.

Around 1600A/3, the ' English Channel Section ' of the convoy was joined by the frigate HMS Kingsmill (Lt. G.H. Cook, RN).

Around 1700A/3, the ships for Le Havre parted company escorted by USS Flaherty and USS Neunzer. These were the Aztec, Empire Law, General T.H. Bliss, James Parker and Sea Tiger. On delivering these ships at Le Havre the destroyer escorts proceeded to Portsmouth.

Around 1900A/3, the ships for the east coast of the U.K. parted company escorted by HMS Kingsmill.

USS Pillsbury arrived at Portsmouth around 2000A/3. The Fort Ridgley, Robin Sherwood and Sweepstakes proceeded to Southampton.

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19326
  2. ADM 173/19319
  3. ADM 53/119426 + ADM 199/1392

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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