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HMS Kilbernie (BEC 1)
ex-PCE-827
ex-PC-827


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.

    Specifications:

  • 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 racks, 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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    PCE-827
    PCE-827 96kb c. April 1943
    Line drawing of PCE-827 class as conceived with two 3"/50s, three 20mm guns, a Hedgehog, four K-guns, and two depth charge racks. There is no stack
    Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PCE-827 134kb PCE-827 ready for launching, at the Pullman Standard Car Co. Yard, Chicago, Illinois, on 2 May 1943
    National Archives photo 19-N-44446
    Mike Green
    Kilbernie 168k 2 May 1943
    Launching
    Richard Sims
    PCE-827 175k 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 375k Article from the 8 May 1943 issue of Railway Age Magazine
    PCE-827 68k 16 February 1945
    Newspaper banner of the the Pullman-Standard Log, Calumet Harbor Shipyard, depicting images of the PCE-827
    HMS Kilbernie (BEC 1)
    PCE-827 152k c. July 1943
    Chicago, IL
    Sublieutenant John Barnes Leddy (circled on the right)
    Photo from the collection of Jack (John Barnes) Leddy
    Tommy Trampp
    PCE-827 175k HMS Kilbirnie (BEC 1/ex-PCE-827) off Chicago, Illinois, July 1943, as commissioned
    National Archives photos 19-N-47844, 19-N-47846 and19-N-47848
    Mike Green
    PCE-827 189k
    PCE-827 206k
    Kilbernie 516k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    PCE-827 216kb c. 1944
    Line drawing of PCE-827 class as completed for the Royal Navy
    Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    MV Haugesund
    Haugesund 98k . Lauri Kervinen
    Finland
    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 naviearmatori.net
    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

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