HMS Gardiner (K478)
|Name:||USS O'Toole (DE-274)|
|Namesake:||U.S. Navy Ensign John Albert O’Toole (1916-1942), killed in action during the Operation Torch amphibious landings in North Africa on 8 November 1942|
|Ordered:||25 January 1942|
|Builder:||Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||20 May 1943|
|Launched:||8 July 1943|
|Completed:||28 September 1943|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 28 September 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 12 February 1946|
|Class and type:||Captain class frigate|
|Namesake:||Captain Arthur Gardiner ( ? -1758), British naval officer killed in action as commanding officer of HMS Monmouth during the capture of the French ship Foudroyant in 1758 |
|Acquired:||28 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||28 September 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States 12 February 1946|
|Length:||289.5 ft (88.2 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Notes:||Pennant number K478|
HMS Gardiner (K478) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as the United States Navy Evarts-class destroyer escort USS O'Toole (DE-274), she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Construction and transfer
The ship was laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS O'Toole (DE-274), the first ship of the name, by the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 May 1943 and launched on 8 July 1943. O'Toole was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 28 September 1943.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Gardiner (K478) under the command of Lieutenant Commander Robert Sydney Hopper, DSC, RN, on 28 September 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War II.
The United States sold Gardiner to the Atlas Steel and Supply Company on 10 December 1946 for scrapping. In 1947, she was resold to the Kulky Steel and Equipment Company of Alliance, Ohio, and finally was scrapped in June 1947.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. (Gardiner)
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. (O'Toole)
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive O'Toole (DE-274) HMS Gardiner (K-478)
- uboat.net HMS Gardiner (K 478)