Allied Warships

HMS Cotton (K 510)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 510 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down2 Jun 1943 
Launched21 Aug 1943 
Commissioned8 Nov 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 81 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 26 November 1945. Stricken and scrapped.

Former nameDE 81

Commands listed for HMS Cotton (K 510)

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1Lt.Cdr. Isaac William Trant Beloe, RN8 Nov 194325 Jun 1945
2Lt. Dudley Leslie Davenport, RN25 Jun 194529 Aug 1945
3T/Lt. William Alexander Wood, RANVR29 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Cotton include:

21 Dec 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with ships from the 9th Escort Group and later with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RD, RNR) and HMS Cotton (Lt.Cdr. I.W.T. Beloe, RN). (1)

29 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-286 was sunk in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk, Russia, in position 69°29'N, 33°37'E, by the British frigates HMS Loch Insh (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, DSC, RNVR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Cotton (Lt.Cdr. I.W.T. Beloe, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19365

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

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