Allied Warships

HMS Essington (K 353)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 353 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down15 Mar 1943 
Launched19 Jun 1943 
Commissioned7 Sep 1943 
End service 

Assigned penant number DE 67 but had not been named.

Returned to the USN on 19 October 1945. Stricken on 5 December 1945 and scrapped.


Commands listed for HMS Essington (K 353)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Lambert, RNVR7 Sep 194329 Sep 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Stanley Arthur Lampard, RNVR29 Sep 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Essington include:

8 Feb 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. L.T. Sly, RD, RNR), HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR) and other ships from the 3rd Escort Group. (1)

30 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-441 was sunk in the English Channel west of Guernsey, in position 49°37'N, 03°41'W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (224 Sqn RAF/L) and the British frigates HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR).

14 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-618 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay south-west of Lorient, in position 47°22'N, 04°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth and HMS Essington and from a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/G).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/18851

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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