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HMS Bahamas (K 503)
ex-Hotham
ex-PF-75
ex-PG-183


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-183
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-75, 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, named Hotham and launched 17 August 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Bahamas (K 503), 6 December 1943
  • Returned to U.S. custody 11 June 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold for scrap 16 October 1947 to John J. Duane Co. of Quincy, MA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sale date as December 1947.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • 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: Three boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts.
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    PF-75 92k
    Namesake:

    The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic. It takes up 97% of the Lucayan Archipelago's land area and is home to 88% of the archipelago's population. The archipelagic state consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola Island (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the US state of Florida, and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force describes The Bahamas' territory as encompassing 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of ocean space

    Tommy Trampp
    PF-75 81k

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