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John Albert Bentinck (1737 1775) entered the Royal Navy at a young age. In command of the frigate Niger in 1760, he defeated the French 74 gun ship of the line Diadem. Bentinck is credited with a number of “nautical improvements,” including the chain pump for ships.


Although she was originally slated to be transferred to the United Kingdom under lend lease and was named Bentinck by the Royal Navy, BDE 13 was reallocated to the United States Navy early in January 1943, redesignated DE 13, and renamed Brennan (q.v.).


(BDE 52: dp. 1,300; l. 306’; b. 36’9”; dr. 10’9”; a. 24 k.; cpl. 200; a. 3 3”, 2 40mm., 8 20mm., 4 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Buckley)

Bull (DE 52) was laid on 29 June 1942 at Quincy, Mass., by the Bethlehem Steel Co.; reallocated to the United Kingdom under lend lease; launched on 3 February 1943; accepted by the British and commissioned on 19 May 1943 as HMS Bentinck (K.314).

Bentinck earned battle honors in the Atlantic (1943-1945) and in the Arctic (1945). During her career, she took part in the destruction of three German U boats: U 1172 on 26 January 1945 in company with Aylmer (K.463), Calder (K.349), and Manners (K.568); U 774 on 8 April 1945, in company with Calder; and U 636 on 21 April 1945, in company with Bazely (K.311), and Drury (K.316).

Bentinck departed Plymouth on 5 December 1945 and reached New York on 22 December. Decommissioned by the British and simultaneously accepted by the U.S. Navy on 5 January 1946, the destroyer escort was declared “not essential to the defense of the United States” and her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 7 February 1946. Sold to the Northern Metals Co., of Philadelphia, Pa., in June 1946, she was subsequently scrapped.

Robert J. Cressman

8 February 2006