HMS Retalick (K555)

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HMS Retalick (K555)
The future HMS Retalick (K555) at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, on the day she was launched, 9 October 1943.
Name: unnamed (DE-90)
Ordered: 10 January 1942[1]
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 21 July 1943[2]
Launched: 9 October 1943[2]
Completed: 8 December 1943[2]
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 8 December 1943[2]
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 25 October 1945[2]
Struck: 19 December 1945[2]
Fate: Sold for scrapping 7 May 1946[2]
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Class and type: Captain-class frigate
Name: HMS Retalick (K555)
Namesake: Captain Richard Retalick ( ? - 1803), British naval officer who was commanding officer of HMS Defiance during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801[3][4]
Acquired: 8 December 1943[1]
Commissioned: 8 December 1943[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 25 October 1945[2]
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36.75 ft (11.2 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
  • Two Foster-Wheeler Express "D"-type water-tube boilers
  • GE 13,500 shp (10,070 kW) steam turbines and generators (9,200 kW)
  • Electric motors for 12,000 shp (8,900 kW)
  • Two shafts
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 186
Sensors and
processing systems:
Notes: Pennant number K555

HMS Retalick (K555) was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Originally constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1945.

Construction and transfer[edit]

The ship was laid down as the unnamed U.S. Navy destroyer escort DE-90 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 21 July 1943 and launched on 9 October 1943.[2] She was transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease upon completion on 8 December 1943.[2]

Service history[edit]

Commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant John Studholme Brownrigg, RN, as the frigate HMS Retalick (K555) on 8 December 1943 simultaneously with her transfer, the ship served on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War II.[1][2]

The Royal Navy returned Retalick to the U.S. Navy on 25 October 1945.[2]


The U.S. Navy struck Retalick from its Naval Vessel Register on 19 December 1945. She was sold on 7 May 1946 for scrapping.[2]


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