HMS Hargood (K582)
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||27 October 1943|
|Renamed:||USS Hargood (DE-573) 1943|
|Namesake:||British name assigned in anticipation of transfer to United Kingdom|
|Launched:||18 December 1943|
|Completed:||7 February 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 7 February 1944|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 23 February 1946|
|Struck:||12 April 1946|
|Fate:||Removed for scrapping 7 March 1947|
|Class and type:||Captain-class frigate|
|Name:||HMS Hargood (K582)|
|Namesake:||Admiral Sir William Hargood (1762-1839), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Belleisle at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805|
|Acquired:||7 February 1944|
|Commissioned:||7 February 1944|
|Fate:||Returned to U.S. Navy 23 February 1946|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36.75 ft (11.2 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Notes:||Pennant number K582|
HMS Hargood (K582) was a Captain-class frigate which served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Laid down as a Buckley class destroyer escort originally intended for the United States Navy, she was transferred to Great Britain under the terms of Lend-Lease before she was finished in 1944, serving in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1946. She was returned to the U.S. Navy in 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1947.
Construction and transfer
The still-unnamed ship was laid down as the U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-573 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1943. Allocated to the United Kingdom, she received the British name Hargood and was launched on 18 December 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 7 February 1944.
Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy as HMS Hargood (K582) on 7 February 1944 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean and off the Normandy beachhead during the invasion of Normandy. The Royal Navy returned her to the U.S. Navy on 23 February 1946.
The U.S. Navy struck Hargood from its Naval Vessel Register on 12 April 1946. She was sold to the Northern Metal Company of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for scrapping, and was removed for scrapping on 7 March 1947.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive DE-573 HMS Hargood (K-582)
- uboat.net HMS Hargood (K582)
- Destroyer Escort Sailors Association DEs for UK