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HMS Diligence (F-174)
Diligence (BAR-18) was transferred under terms of the Lend-lease Act to the Royal Navy before completion and commissioned HMS Diligence (F-174)
Laid down, 7 June 1944, as Diligence a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2658) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 31 July 1944
Delivered to the US Navy incomplete, 16 August 1944, as (AR-18)
Turned over to the Royal Navy for commissioning as HMS Diligence (F-174)
Returned to US Navy custody in 1946
Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan, 19 March 1973, to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp (PD-X-955) for $216,000.00. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 21 May 1973
Displacement 5,801 t.(lt) 10,920 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three single 3"/50 guns
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
one Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp, Harrison, N.J. triple expansion engine
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Diligence launching, 8 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
||HMS Diligence (F-174) in Chesapeake Bay off Port Covington, Baltimore, MD., 12 March 1945.
US National Archives photos # 19-N-83959 & 19-N-83960, RG-19-LCM, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
There is no history available for Diligence (AR-18) at the US Naval Historical Center
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