HMS Hotham (K 583)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||5 Nov 1943|
|Launched||22 Dec 1943|
|Commissioned||8 Feb 1944|
Assigned USN penant DE 574 but not named.
Returned to the USN on 13 March 1946. Scrapped. Hotham
|Former name||DE 574|
Commands listed for HMS Hotham (K 583)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. Sydney Ayles, RNR||Mar 1944||8 Sep 1945|
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Notable events involving Hotham include:
7 Jun 1944
Convoy EWP 1.
This convoy departed Portsmouth on 7 June 1944 and arrived on 8 June 1944 off the Normandy beaches.
It was made up of the transports; Batavier II (Dutch, 1573 GRT, built 1920), Biarritz (British, 2388 GRT, built 1915), Cameronia (British, 16297 GRT, built 1920), Devonshire (British, 11275 GRT, built 1939), Empire Arquebus (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Empire Crossbow (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Leopoldville (Belgian, 11509 GRT, built 1929), Neuralia (British, 9182 GRT, built 1912), New Bedford (British, 1595 GRT, built 1928) and Worcestershire (British, 11402 GRT, built 1931).
The depot / headquarters ships, HMS Adventure (A/Capt. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Despatch (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN) and Southern Prince (Capt. (Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC, OBE, RN) were also with this convoy.
The convoy was escorted by the escort destroyer HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN), sloops HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. I.M. Carrs, RN), HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN) and the frigates HMS Duff (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR) and HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR).
28 Jun 1944
HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR) and HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN) pick up survivors from the British landing ship infantry Maid of Orleans that had been sunk by the German U-boat U-988 southeast of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight in position 50°06'N, 00°41'W.
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