Allied Warships

HMS Rowley (K 560)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 560 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down18 Aug 1943 
Launched30 Oct 1943 
Commissioned22 Dec 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 95 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 12 November 1945. Scrapped.

Former nameDE 95

Commands listed for HMS Rowley (K 560)

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1Lt.Cdr. Frederick John Gwynn Jones, RD, RNR22 Dec 19439 May 1945
2Lt. William Ridley Morton Murdoch, DSC, RNVR9 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Rowley include:

29 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Seymour (Lt. G.J. Parry, RNR), HMS Stayner (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Retalick (Lt. J.S. Brownrigg, RN). (1)

4 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Retalick (Lt. J.S. Brownrigg, RN). (2)

27 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1208 was sunk in the English Channel south-east of Isles of Scilly, in position 49°51'783N, 06°06'750W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth (A/Lt.Cdr. D. Jermain, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19326
  2. ADM 173/19218

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

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