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HMS Kilbernie (BEC 1)

PCE-827 was transferred to Great Britain.

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 14 October 1942 as PC-827 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Reclassified as PCE-827 in April 1943
  • Launched 2 May 1943
  • Completed 14 July 1943 and transferred to the Royal Navy
  • Commissioned HMS Kilbernie (BEC 1), 16 July 1943
  • Laid up in reserve in June 1945 at Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom
  • Transferred in November 1946 to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 December 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1947
  • Sold in 1947 to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab of Stavanger, Norway, rebuilt as a coastal passanger ship and renamed Haugesund
  • Sold in 1973 to Libera Navigazione Lauro S.A.S. of Naples, Italy and renamed Sicilia Ponte
  • Sold in 1982 to Fila Societa per Azioni, Italy and renamed Tucalif
  • Scrapped in Italy in August 1997.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 100
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge projectors (hedgehogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Kilbernie 168kb 2 May 1943
    Richard Sims
    PCE-827 175kb 2 May 1943
    Being tended to after launching
    Photo courtesy of "Fighting Fleets 1943" by Critchell Rimington, Associate Member United States Naval Institute
    Tommy Trampp
    PCE-827 375kb Article from the 8 May 1943 issue of Railway Age Magazine
    HMS Kilbernie (BEC 1)
    PCE-827 152kb c. July 1943
    Chicago, IL
    Sublieutenant John Barnes Leddy (circled on the right)
    Photo from the collection of Jack (John Barnes) Leddy
    Tommy Trampp
    Kilbernie 516k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    MV Haugesund
    Haugesund 98k . Lauri Kervinen
    Haugesund 110k
    PCE-827 83kb Undated post card
    Photo from Fjordferjer i Norge (Fjord ferries in Norway)
    Tommy Trampp
    PCE-827 82kb Photo from Fjordferjer i Norge (Fjord ferries in Norway) from the collection of H. Carl, Bergen, Norway
    PCE-827 82kb Undated post card
    Photo from Fjordferjer i Norge (Fjord ferries in Norway)
    MV Sicilia Ponte
    PCE-827 155kb c. 1980
    Naples, Italy
    Photo from
    Tommy Trampp
    MV Tucalif
    Tucalif 49k . Hugo C. Lütcherath
    Bergen, Norway
    PCE-827 103kb Photo by Pieter Inpijn from Fjordferjer i Norge (Fjord ferries in Norway) Tommy Trampp
    PCE-827 152kb c. 1997
    Salerno, Italy
    Photo by Leo Johannes

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-827
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