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Manners

 

Lord Robert Manners, born in 1758, commanded HMS Resolution in the Battle of the Saintes and was mortally wounded during the action.

 

(DE‑523: dp. 1,140; l. 289'5"; b. 35'1"; dr. 8'3"; s. 21 k.; cpl. 156; a. 3 3", 9 20mm., 2 dct., 8 dcp. 1 dcp. (h.h.); cl. Evarts)

 

DE‑523 was laid down 14 August 1943 by Boston Navy Yard; launched 24 September 1943; transferred to the United Kingdom 16 December 1943; and commissioned in the Royal Navy the same day as Manners (K‑568).

 

During World War II, Manners served on patrol and escort duty in the North Atlantic protecting the vital flow of men and materiel first to England, and after D‑Day, to the continent, enabling Allied fighting men to wrest “Fortress Europa” from Hitler’s armies and save mankind from the Nazi scourge.

 

On 26 January 1945, while the escort steamed from Falmouth toward Liverpool, a mine or an acoustic torpedo exploded near her propellers, blowing off her stern. Skillful damage control prevented her sinking and she was towed to Barrow‑in‑Furness the next day and decommissioned. While still in England, the destroyer escort was returned to the custody of the U.S. Navy 8 November 1945; struck from the Navy Register 19 December; and sold for scrapping to Athens Piraeus Electricity Co., Ltd, Athens, Greece, 3 December 1946 for delivery 7 January 1947.