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HMS Antigua (K 501)

PF-73 served only in the Royal Navy.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-181
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-73, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Hamond
  • Renamed Antigua and launched 26 July 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Antigua (K 501), 4 November 1943
  • Returned to U.S. custody 2 May 1946
  • Sold in August 1947 for scrap to the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.
  • Length 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector; eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Tthree boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts.
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    PF-73 55k Original photo: Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons and Tactics in World War II, by David K. Brown
    Replacement photo: c. 1944
    Royal Navy photo from the Imperial War Museum photo FL 821
    Robert Hurst
    PF-73 167k Imperial War Museum photo A22705 Paul Silverstone

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