HMS Trollope (K 575)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||29 Sep 1943|
|Launched||20 Nov 1943|
|Commissioned||10 Jan 1944|
Assigned USN penant DE 566 but not named.
HMS Trollope (Lt.Cdr. Harry Westacott, RN) was torpedoed and damaged off Cap d'Antifer on 6 July, 1944. A total loss. Sold for scrap in May 1951.
|Former name||DE 566|
Commands listed for HMS Trollope (K 575)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Harry Westacott, RN||10 Jan 1944||mid 1944|
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Notable events involving Trollope include:
I was a Midshipman in the Greek Navy doing my training with the Royal Navy as a cadet at H.M.S. Frobisher located at Easton Hall, the Duke of Westminster estate in Chester. On graduation as a Midshipman I joined H.M.S. Trollope at Portsmouth in May 1944 when the ship was engaged in fighting German E-boats which were coming out of Dieppe and Le Havre to attack the convoys carrying allied forces to the Normandy beaches. During action stations my job was to stand on the flying bridge with a gyro compass repeater and convert the enemy's bearing as shown on the radar screen in the ship's navigation room into a bearing relative to the ship's course (e.g. Green 5, Red 15, etc.) for the ship's 3-inch guns. At around 1 a.m. we started firing star shell at a flotilla of E-boats coming out of Le Havre. We were in an area where we were able to travel no faster than 4 knots because of the danger from oyster mines. From a distance of 3 miles the E-boats fired at us and one of their torpedoes hit us amidships. I was hurled from the flying bridge into the water and in the faint moonlight saw the ship breaking in half. After about an hour, helping those seriously wounded on to rafts and clinging on the rafts ourselves, we were picked up by the Hunt Class destroyer H.M.S. Stevenstone and taken to Portsmouth. I myself suffered a "depression fracture of the inner left condyle with ligamentous instability" to quote the medical diagnosis and was later invalided out of the Greek Navy, having been deemed "unfit for service". Of the victims who died during this action about half the crew were lost and of the officers the following also were killed: Lt.Cdr. Harry Westacott,R.N. C.O. Lt.Frank? Battersby, R.N. Sub-Lt. Montgomery RNVR Gunnery Officer Sub-Lt. Brazier RNVR Navigation Officer Sub-Lt. Auvache RNVR Asdics Officer Sub-Lt. Alan Michie RNVR Surviving officers: Lt. Richard Pitt R.N. First Officer Lt.Cdr. Johnston RNR Chief Engineer Myself If there are any other details that might be helpful to you I shall be happy to provide you with. At the age of 89 my memory is fortunately still aactive.
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