british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Gould (K-476) (+1944)
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer escort
subtype/class Evarts class destroyer escort
Evarts class destroyer escort Manners K-568 HMS (stern part) (+1945)
propulsion diesel and electric
date built 1943
weight (tons) 1140  disp (subm)
dimensions 88.2 x 10.7 x 2.7 m
material steel
engine Four General Motors 278A 16-cylinder engines GE 7,040 bhp (5,250 kW) generators (4,800 kW) GE electric motors for 6,000 shp (4,500 kW), dual shaft, 2 screws
armament 3 × 3 in (76 mm) /50 Mk.22 guns 1 x twin Bofors 40 mm mount Mk.I 7-16 x 20 mm Oerlikon guns Mark 10 Hedgehog antisubmarine mortar Depth charges QF 2 pounder naval gun
power 6000  s.h.p.
speed 21.5  knots
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date lost 01/03/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Boston Naval Shipyard - Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston (US)
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 100
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Allen Tony22/12/2007Gould HMS was a British Royal Navy Frigate of the Captain Class of 1,192 tons built in 1943 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA as an unnamed American Destroyer Escort DE 272. On the 18th September 1944 she was renamed HMS GOULD.

On the 1st March 1944 she was torpedoed by German submarine U-358 and sunk. 123 crew killed.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Boston Naval Shipyard - Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston (US)
The Boston Navy Yard, originally called the Charlestown Navy Yard and later Boston Naval Shipyard, was one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy. Established in 1801, it was officially closed as an active naval installation on July 1, 1974, and the 30-acre (120,000 m2) property was transferred to the National Park Service to be part of Boston National Historical Park. Enough of the yard remains in operation to support the USS Constitution. The USS Cassin Young, a World War II-era destroyer serving as a museum ship, is also berthed here. Among people in the area and the National Park Service, it is still known as the Charlestown Navy Yard.[2]

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