Allied Warships

HMS Manners (K 568)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 568 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Aug 1943 
Launched24 Sep 1943 
Commissioned16 Dec 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 523 but not named.

On 26 January 1945, HMS Manners (A/Cdr. John Valentine Waterhouse, DSO, RN) was hit by one torpedo from U-1051 some 20 miles from Skerries, Isle of Man. The U-boat was sunk by the counter-attack of several escorts from the 4th and 5th Escort Group. The frigate broke in two after the hit, the stern sank with the loss of four officers and 39 ratings, while 15 others were injured. The forepart of the vessel was towed into Barrow in Furness and was declared a total loss.

HMS Manners is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List

On 12 December 1946 the wreck was sold to a Greek ship breaker and scrapped 1947 in Piraeus, Greece.


Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 26 Jan 1945 by U-1051 (Holleben).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Manners
Former nameDE 523

Commands listed for HMS Manners (K 568)

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1Lt. Denis Jermain, DSC, RN16 Dec 194327 Nov 1944
2Lt.Cdr. John Valentine Waterhouse, DSO, RN27 Nov 1944Jan 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Manners include:

26 Oct 1944
The Norwegian corvette Rose was rammed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 45°50'N, 40°15'W by the British frigate HMS Manners

26 Jan 1945
German U-boat U-1051 was sunk in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man, in position 53°39'N, 05°23'W, by ramming and depth charges from the British frigates HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN), HMS Calder (Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, DSC, RNVR), HMS Bentinck (Cdr. R.C.S. Garwood, RN) and HMS Manners (A/Cdr. J.V. Waterhouse, DSO, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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