HMS Burges (K347)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Burges
Builder: Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: 8 December 1942
Launched: 26 January 1943
Commissioned: 2 June 1943
Struck: 28 March 1946
Fate: Returned to the USN, 17 February 1945
Sold for scrapping, 14 November 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,140 long tons (1,158 t)
Length: 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m)
Beam: 35 ft 1 in (10.69 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW)
2 screws
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 156
Armament: • 3 × single 3"/50 Mk.22 dual purpose guns
• 1 × twin 40 mm AA gun
• 10 × 20 mm AA guns
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 4 × depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge tracks

HMS Burges (K347) was a Captain-class frigate, built in the United States as a Evarts-class destroyer escort, and transferred to the Royal Navy under the terms of Lend-Lease, which served in World War II. She was named after Captain Richard Rundell Burges, commander of HMS Ardent, who was killed at the battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797.

The name Burges was originally assigned to the Evarts-class destroyer escort, BDE-16, laid down on 14 March 1942. When that ship was retained by the United States Navy and renamed Edgar G. Chase (DE-16), the name was transferred to another ship.

The new Burges (BDE-12) was laid down on 8 December 1942 by the Boston Navy Yard, and launched on 26 January 1943. The ship was transferred to the Royal Navy on 2 June 1943 and commissioned the same day.

Service history[edit]

Operating as a Royal Navy ship, Burges served in the Atlantic in late 1943 and early 1944. In 1944, she moved to a zone of operations in the North Sea. The last months of World War II saw her active in the English Channel.

The destroyer escort was returned to the United States Navy at New York on 27 February 1946. She was determined to be surplus to the needs of the Navy, and her name was struck from the Navy List on 28 March 1946. In November 1946, she was sold to George H. Nutman, Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was scrapped on 31 July 1947.

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