Allied Warships

HMS Holmes (K 581)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 581 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down27 Oct 1943 
Launched19 Dec 1943 
Commissioned31 Jan 1944 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 572 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 3 December 1945. Sold for scrap in October 1947.

Former nameDE 572

Commands listed for HMS Holmes (K 581)

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1Lt. David Brian Gladstone Dumas, RNMar 194410 Sep 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick Spencer Boyle, RNVR10 Sep 194418 Sep 1945
3Lt. Dudley Leslie Davenport, RN18 Sep 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Holmes include:

8 Mar 1945
The British merchant Lornaston is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-275 in the English Channel in position 50°35'N, 00°30'W. The British frigate HMS Holmes (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.S. Boyle, RNVR) and the British tug HMS Palencia together pick up 48 survivors.

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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